Independent 2013, former Dia Building, Chelsea NYC, March 7 – 10, 2013


On the roof of the former Dia Building, a temporary pavilion was constructed following the layouts of the floors below, which reflected the architectural concept for Independent 2013 based on the number 3. The Tetravilion was suspended from the three highest points on the roof: the water tower, the shaft of the freight elevator, and that of the passenger elevator. Three ropes were attached to each point then connected to wooden tetrahedron structures arranged across the roof deck.


These tetrahedrons provided seating for a café, display shelves for three publishers, and anchors for a tent. A transparent membrane that was stretched across the ropes protected visitors from winter weather without obscuring the fantastic views of Manhattan, the Hudson River, New Jersey, and the sky.


Project team: Joana Bem-Haja, Zach Cohen, Emil Froge, Madeline Hollander 
Construction team: Sofia Pia Belenky, Joana Bem-Haja, Zach Cohen, Emil Froge, Jason Gates, Madeline Hollander, Feyza Koksal, Jan Kremen, Michael Montante, Ricardo Seiça 
Engineers: Knippers Helbig Inc., Hauke Jungjohann, Tom Reiner, Guillaume Evain
Architect of record: Joseph Pell Lombardi
Materials: Clear vinyl, rope, plywood, sandbags

Photography: Photos 1,5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11 by Jason Schmidt



Tetravillion - Independent 2013