PoP is a mobile room, designed to move around the city and facilitate place-specific engagement with people and communities in conversation about architecture and urbanism.

20th – 21st June 2015  /  across Castlegate, Sheffield  /  in partnership with Arts Council England, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield City Council, The University of Sheffield, Yorkshire Artspace, AHRC

Sheffield School of Architecture students were given the opportunity to enter a design competition to create the new ‘Pavilion of Participation’ in June 2015.  The winning entry, by Masters graduates Ross and Matthew, was developed from concept to reality with tuition and support from staff and distinguished SSoA and alumni Lukas Barry (Carmody Groarke Architects).  The project was funded by the University’s Alumni Fund Departmental Grants scheme.

Arriving on a pair of trailers, the PoP unfolds providing an accessible platform wrapped in a lightweight structure. Tensile sheets provide a degree of weather protection, whilst offering a backdrop for projections and printed exhibits. The striking form of the hub is instantly recognisable and will become a beacon for Live Works, the School of Architecture and its public engagement activities in the city and beyond.

The PoP will be used over the coming years as a mobile classroom, and have a life of its own through an associated blog, recording places, events and people that use it.

The aim was to have a design that is quick to construct and easy to move around the city. The idea was based on a folding piece of origami which could be compact when folded, be an exciting event when unfolding, and have a striking, flexible form.

Ross Jordan

PoP (Pavilion of Participation)