This experimental structure outside the Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn was constructed from physical versions of NFT objects designed by the community.
The Fungible Non Fungible Pavilion was the winner of a slow building competition held for the main installation. Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2022.
According to the British studio heart blobthe first pavilion designed by the community using NFTs.
“This is the world’s first NFT pavilion co-designed by the community, co-owned by the community and co-funded by the community,” Iheartblob told Dezeen at the installation’s opening.
“We found it important to integrate the technology we were using because it was very new and experimental and the architecture could benefit a lot from it. .”
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are proofs of authenticity and ownership that exist digitally and can be assigned to both physical and digital assets. Like any cryptocurrency transaction, each one is individually recorded or “minted” on the blockchain and can be bought, sold and collected.
Iheartblob’s intention is that Pavilion encourages a slow, decentralized approach to architecture. In this approach, the community replaces the architect as the ‘master builder’.
The design corresponds to the theme of the 6th edition of the biennial TAB Festival, of which Dezeen is a media partner. Called “Edible; or Metabolic Architecture,” it was curated by architects Lydia Calipoliti and Areti Marco Polo to explore the food system through an architect’s lens.
The pavilion currently consists of 78 unique puzzle-like pieces, with more to come.
To facilitate this, Iheartblob created an NFT generation tool that anyone can use to design and create objects. All NFTs created by this tool funded the unique physics twin currently used in the Pavilion.
The end result is a fragmented structure that exists in both the metaverse and the real space, co-owned by and reflects the community that designed it.
Tools are still available. That means the pavilion will evolve and grow in size over the course of the installation until his next TAB opening in 2023.
“The idea here is that we decentralized the architectural process, so anyone can design a block that will be part of this piece, so anyone can add to the pavilion, so this will change over the course of the biennale.” It means to do, ”explained the studio.
“To this day, I think we have had young designers, maybe five years old, make the pieces. We had local people here in Tallinn make many of these pieces. We had people create the work, designing the different parts that came together.”
Iheartblob handed the reins to the public regarding the design of the pavilion, but provided a set of constraints to make the structure physically realizable.
This included predefined forms of interlocking components and pre-determined wood materials. It also has a maximum of 165 pieces, making it approximately 5 meters in width, depth and height.
While promoting the idea of decentralization in architecture, the studio hopes the Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion will demonstrate the value of NFTs in the sector.
“Blockchain and NFTs have been applied to many aspects of the profession, from NFTs determining the authenticity of architectural drawings to a more experimental approach to royalty-based ownership and copyright of shared housing and entire cities. We think we can make an impact,” the studio explained.
The Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion was chosen to create the pavilion shortly after the first competition winners, the Australian duo Simulaa and Natalie Alima, withdrew their proposal for an installation made of mushrooms.
Alongside the pavilion, this year’s TAB will include a curated exhibition at the Estonian Architecture Museum and other fringe events. The event was previously scheduled to take place in 2021, but Postponed to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemicA seventh edition is planned for 2023.
At the last TAB in 2019, the central installation took the form: Twisted pavilion designed by SoomeenHahm Design, Igor Pantic and FologramThe structure explored augmented reality and old-school woodworking such as steam-bent hardwood.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale It will take place from September 7th to November 20th, 2022 at various locations in Tallinn, Estonia.look Dezeen Event Guide For an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world, visit
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