Metsäpaviljonski, Form Follows Wood


  • Cristian Suau Welsh School of Architecture (WSA)




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Nowadays, the emphasis in the design of exposition pavilions is mainly full of pseudo–technical or rhetorical ideas of progress. Nevertheless most of them do not communicate a vision. They show a lack of spatial qualities and continuity with the built environment. In general, there is not a common conservation agenda to adapt or reuse exemplary Modern Pavilions. Some emblematic cases are haunted icons, a consequence of undocumented, incorrect or simply fake reconstruction, whilst others are victims of neglectfulness and degradation. Nevertheless, what can we still rediscover by reviving or reconstructing Modern Movement Exposition pavilions? During the 1930s, pavilions were not only visionary and experimental manifestations of living systems but were also temporary and fast–built showrooms disseminating a cultural or ideological message.

How to Cite

Suau, C. (2012). Metsäpaviljonski, Form Follows Wood. Docomomo Journal, (46), 42–47.




Author Biography

Cristian Suau, Welsh School of Architecture (WSA)

Holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Master in Urban Design (ETSAB). He has an international teaching and advanced postdoctoral research experience on Architectural Design; Theory of Architecture and Urban Design in Europe and also Latin America. He also has a practice experience in housing, urban design projects and consultancies overseas. He was senior architect/project leader in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. In addition, he has obtained several awards in design entry competitions such as EUROPAN and others. His current research mainly covers the following fields: Architecture, Cities and Polyvalence; Socio–cultural Analysis and Theory of Modern/Contemporary Architecture; and Sustainable Architecture. He has a solid foundation of design excellence; conceptualization; innovative and cross–disciplinary vision; and leadership in effective international teamwork environments. Since mid 2007 he is a lecturer in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), UK and also lead an NGO called RECICLARQ in Barcelona: