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December 10, 2008

The Patchwork Pavilion in Brazil calls to mind a flurry of snowflakes, a giant scale votive, or those kitschy concrete walls in Southern California. Though the final result is decidedly elegant, the building has its roots in humble pie.

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DOMO Arquitetos Associados needed to build a temporary structure to house a gallery during an arts fair in Brazil earlier this year, and they needed to do it cheaply and quickly. Using pre-cast concrete blocks—ubiquitous in Brazil—the architects created a temporal structure that was half opaque and half translucent, rich in texture and sophistication, but done affordably and on schedule.

Images via Architecture Daily.

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