Pavilions often reflect the architect’s dreams, desires, and aspirations in architecture. It embodies the playful nature of it and typically its functions render it an object of pleasure. Intricate temporary structures designed by students to practical extensions produced by starchitects, pavilions never cease to impress us with the broad spectrum of what makes architecture. Here are five noteworthy pavilions.

Tom Emerson's ETH students build a floating Pavilion of Reflections for Manifesta 11
Photo Studio Tom Emerson

ZÜRICH – The ETH professor and architect whose students designed and built the impressive pavilion speaks to Mark about the philosophy behind his work.


Frank Marcus makes a pavilion for bees within a public park

Photo Frank Marcus

NIJMEGEN – Dutch architect and local beekeeper Frank Marcus' sinuous structure for bees blends into a park's ecological surroundings.


Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's steel pavilions act as urban furniture for Paris' public spaces
Photo Studio Bouroullec

PARIS – The brothers' pair of pavilions offer a balance between intricate craftsmanship and industrial production.


Borden Pavilion by gh3
Photo Raymond Chow

EDMONTON – The newest addition to Edmonton's beloved Borden Park adds much-needed facilities while blending into its surroundings.


Vana by Orproject
Photo Orproject / Sumedh Prasad

NEW DELHI – The Vana installation uses a series of algorithms to create brightly-lit columns, branching out to form a tree-like canopy above an exhibition hall.