Swiss architects 1/100 have installed five timber-clad caravans in the garden of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Each pavilion serves a different function. Their somewhat plain shells unfold to reveal unexpected interiors, decorated with attention grabbing disco lights. The caravans are nomadic, like caravans should be, and come 4 September the carpets and stools surrounding them will be packed up and they will continue on their journey.
The temporary installation was constructed of second-hand caravans that have been completely transformed, so that they can sit lightly on just about any site, yet have a big influence on the use and experience of public space.
The five caravans accommodate disparate activities, from a disco to a sheltered information point, an ice cream vendor to a sound-system and a kindergarten to a stage. The museum garden is probably experiencing its most animated summer yet.
(Photographs by Thomas Mailaender)