Fog of the Future. Science Fiction Museum Pavilion

The winning project for the MoSF pavilion competition, Washington, DC.

The Science Fiction Pavilion is the space where the most different versions of the future merge and overlap. This pavilion is a point in our world that serves as the axis of a circle of possibilities. 

This mysterious and romantic uncertainty is the heart of the pavilion’s image. Mist filling the space between the layers of the facade. It is a swirling screen for media content or the living surface of a star. The same fog fills the interior space of the main hall. Exhibits, images, and fragments of movies appear to the visitor right out of it. The luminous navigation on the floor, which serves as a guide in the unsteady and changeable space of the pavilion, remains unchanged.

Architects: Misha Krymov, Alexei Goryainov, Diana Fish

Design: 2014. 

Full Jury’s report here

The pavilion’s construction is a transparent air-supported structure with a double shell. The pavilion’s appearance changes depending on the density of circulating steam inside the shell, the amount of steam released outside, and the color of video projections. The image of the science fiction pavilion resembles both a planetary nebula, a gas cloud illuminated by the cumulative radiation of stars, and a portal to another dimension.

The pavilion’s exhibition galleries are designed for seven expositions and are presented on the second level. They are housed in mobile exposition spheres, each of which is mounted on three cables, the height and position of which are independently adjustable. The steam supply system is hidden in the floor. The power and direction of the steam creates several exposition scenarios: a continuous cloud of steam filling the entire exposition, as well as exposition corridors, visually supported by the pattern of the media floor.