A pavilion made of 15,000 ‘activators’ of public space!

Public spaces are the platform which foster social interaction within communities. At the 5th anniversary of Beijing Design Week, CLOU showcased one of the most exciting and rich qualities of Beijing’s public space: its spontaneity and vitality.

We used an item which is part of every day’s public activity in Beijing: The ‘Jianzi’. A traditional Asian game played since the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). In a Jianzi game, players use their bodies to keep a shuttlecock from falling to the ground. While the game is played it creates a dynamic with the ability to transform leftover spaces into playgrounds. CLOU’s Jianzi Box displays that transformation of public space through Jianzi.

CLOU designed a temporary pavilion composed of 15.000 Jianzi units which had ‘landed’ on an empty site in the Baitasi area of Beijing. The Jianzi Box created a connection of the visitor with the Jianzi objects through the physical-, perceptual-, and emotional quality of the pavilion.

All the Jianzi feather balls had been given away to the visitors at the end of Beijing Design Week, potentially representing 15.000 Jianzi matches all over the city. In this sense the pavilion has not just been located where it was erected, but it was spread across the city to wherever the pavilion visitors decided to play a game of Jianzi.

毽子馆 – 15,000个公共空间的催化剂!





Jianzi Box