It’s Cork, but not as you know it.
Architecture and design festival, Design POP returns this September 1st – 3rd, with four pop-up architectural pavilions set to appear in various parts of town.
The temporary structures will be open to the public and will also host events, talks, exhibitions, and conversations during the weekend.
Previous designs have brought bold colour and a welcome helping of whimsy to the streets so this year’s pavilions look just as promising.
“This year’s programme is its biggest yet – this year we have four pavilions in different locations around Cork city: Penrose Dock – Wilson Architecture, Penrose Wharf – Babelfís, Nano Nagle Plaza – James Grennan and Nano Nagle Place – Design POP.” the organisers told us.
Here’s what to expect:
Penrose Dock X Wilson Architecture
For 2023’s Design Popup Cork, Wilson Architecture has designed a temporary architectural pavilion to provide a place to gather, talk and reconnect.
“The design incorporates simple geometric shapes intertwined by a horizontal plane, inspired by the logo of our Popup partner Naturally Nourished café, to provide a ‘long table’ installation a meeting point for outdoor dining, gathering and an event space for play and relaxation,” they explain.
“Located at Penrose Dock, the Popup pavilion, with its vibrant colour and bold forms, creates a temporary reimagining of the public space within the formal architectural setting and provides an opportunity to re-establish the importance of communal gathering, particularly centred around a food experience.”
Nano Nagle Plaza X James Grennan
Dublin-based architect James has designed a temporary architectural pavilion to provide a beacon and meeting point. The pavilion will mark a spot for gathering and conversation and function as the headquarters of Design POP 2023.
Penrose Wharf X Babelfís
Cork creative agency Babelfís will be creating an immersive audio-visual experience sited in the courtyard of Penrose Wharf. Their pavilion will “capture the essence of creativity in Cork City across many different disciplines, and the importance of a creative community for the city.”
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The fourth structure will stand in the garden of Nano Nagle Place. The temporary architectural structure will create a place of rest and meeting while capturing a beautiful snapshot of the city.
“The pop-up will allow the public to see the city of Cork through a new lens.” say the designers.