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First Prize

Marie-Helene Lesiege
Mateusz Bledowski
Kate Korotayeva

Knot a Pavilion

The Fashion Pavilion Competition in Milan is intended to connect people to fashion and architecture. The pavilion is located within the central vista of Parco Sempione capturing the essence of fashion design. The proposal considers the physical relationship to the park, the poetic relationship to fashion and an explorative moment for the public to activate the current site. Named ‘Knot a Pavilion’, the installation challenges the current state of fashion and clothing industry by using recycled textile materials as the formal and interactive medium. The pavilion aims to establish a conversation with the elements of the park and the nearby historic architecture, allowing for transparency and visual connections. By inviting users to interact with recycled fabrics the projects explores the possible futures imagined for the discarded clothes beyond the landfill.

The Knot a Pavilion is framed using scaffolding which is then enclosed through a sequence of knots, ties, and weaving patterns. All materials used are second-hand and can be re-used after the disassemblage of the pavilion. Upon approach the public are faced with a wall of recycled yarn and ropes and are invited to enter a scattering of colours and textures hanging from the stick frame structure of scaffolding above. Reaching deeper into the Knot a Pavilion the space defoliates and is exposed to the sky. This space is intended for users to relax on the ground whilst being encompassed by recycled material and the sky. The hope is that the public will begin to question the architectural decision in materiality and begin to reflect their impact on clothing waste accumulation.