ASTOUND Contracted to Transport Bjarke Ingels Group’s Serpentine Pavilion


Following an overwhelming successful debut in London, the “Unzipped Wall” tours several cities in 2017.

Toronto, ON (May 4, 2017) – ASTOUND Group, a turnkey design and fabrication agency, is thrilled to announce its been contracted by globally recognized architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to disassemble, transport and reassemble its “Unzipped Wall” from the U.K.’s Serpentine Galleries to new markets around the globe as its popularity gains traction. The renowned pavilion captivated more than a million visitors this past summer at London’s prestigious showcase at the Serpentine Gallery.

“Its an honor to work with a design from such an acclaimed firm like BIG and we’re excited to manage the successful engineering and maneuvering of this intricate structure,”, said Dale Morgan, Founder and CEO, ASTOUND Group. “ASTOUND has a global competency and we’re always looking for new ways to expand and nurture it.”



Originally located in London’s historic Hyde Park from June to October 2016, BIG’s Serpentine Pavilion stands an impressive 46’ tall and is composed of about 1,900 interlocking hollow fibreglass bricks and unzipped with what appears to be jagged edges into an open, cathedral-like space, appearing either solid or translucent depending on viewing angle. Within its three-dimensional structure features wood flooring made of Douglas fir, ranging in lengths of 2 and 9 meters. Indoor box-like seating, furniture and electrical components are also important facets of BIG’s famous structure.

Collaborating with BIG – recently noted by Rolling Stones Magazine to be the ‘world’s hottest architect’ for the firm’s ground-breaking and contemporary creations – ASTOUND will be tasked with solution-engineering the safest and most effective method to assemble and disassemble the pavilion, as well as handle the logistics for global delivery and site management. While the next leg of the journey remains indeterminate, international audiences have not seen the last of the ‘Unzipped Wall”.



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ABOUT ASTOUND GROUP


ASTOUND is a global design and fabrication house, building end-to-end solutions for trade show exhibits, events and architectural projects around the world. With offices in Toronto, Oakville, Las Vegas and San Francisco, ASTOUND has developed, designed and deployed projects for Fortune 500 brands in more than 30 countries around the world. Established in 2001, ASTOUND has been awarded as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, a Fab 50 company, one of the Best Places to Work in Events and a multi-year winner of Profit 500's Fastest Growing Companies. For more information, visit www.astoundgroup.com.

ABOUT BIG


Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is a New York and Copenhagen based group of architects, designers and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG is led by 12 partners and 17 Associates. With an international team of 300 people, BIG works on projects across a broad spectrum of industries and in more than 20 countries worldwide. In Canada, the firm is currently working on Vancouver House - an urban village and high rise for living, working and leisure in Vancouver, as well as the 70,000 m2 mixed-use Telus Sky Tower in Downtown Calgary. BIG takes a human-centered approach to architecture - looking at how urban environments can increase the quality of life, designing cities and buildings as double ecosystems that are both ecologically and economically profitable. (http://www.big.dk)