This year's Venice Biennale saw a lot of realized pavilion concepts that experimented with architecture and design to evoke a feeling, send a message or serve a purpose. Independently of this, other architects are working on projects that involve functional structures that will provide a visual embellishment, a relief or both.
Brooks + Scarpa — a studio based in Los Angeles and Florida, is working alongside adidas Originals on the P.O.D.System Architecture project. The firm, led by Angela Brooks and Larry Scarpa, shared its designs for a public pavilion concept that will harness energy from the sun and during lightning storms. While the 'Vortex Generator' is inspired by adidas' P.O.D.System shoe's shock-absorbing technology, the functional pavilion concept merges art with sustainable design.