Siki Im, who carries his own line of haute couture, asked Archi-Tectonics to design his pavilion at the Arnhem Fashion Biennale 2011. Inspirational discussion ensued, and we asked Siki for a pattern of his favorite jacket in order to use that pattern to [re]create the pavilion. A set of transformational diagrams developed in Maya followed.
By reversing the process of tailoring we created components that were now three-dimensional and together formed the pavilion, which literally envelopes the visitor as the blazer would. The chosen material is a concrete impregnated fabric [which was originally developed in England for bomb shelters] and was donated by the manufacturer to create this amazing piece of architecture.
Siki Im: “The blazer is probably the most complex and most time-consuming made garment of men’s wear. It has history and it has future. It is contemporary and very relevant worn in any part of the world by any person no matter what gender or what social background. For the Arnhem Mode Biennale, I collaborated with my former architecture office Architectonics. The architect Winka Dubbeldam and I wanted to create a physical space, which allows to evoke intangible spaces. These spaces and emotions have the same sensibility and quality as I hope my collections provoke and inspire.”