Under the guidance of three teachers, four students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have designed and built a stage, “Ensuite,” for the 20th Extrema Outdoor, a music festival in Aquabest, Netherlands.
The structure is composed of 600 pallets, creating a stage that embraces visitors and provides an intimate environment within the crowded festival. By placing the DJ booth in the center of the structure, the stage is made tactile and experiential for visitors.
Ensuite is a semi-circle with a diameter of 20m and height of 4.5m, similar to an arena. There are three main layers. The first is a base of horizontal pallets, leveling irregularities in the ground. The second is a honeycomb structure made of triangles, framing views to the nearby lake. The third is a crown of vertical pallets, used for lighting and sound equipment. The project was built in six days and dismantled in two, requiring tools only as advanced as an automatic screwdriver.
Despite the stage being built only of wood connections, construction was made to resist fierce gusts of wind, clearing the safety requirements of a densely populated festival. For the most complex joint, the honeycomb structure where six pallets meet, a single, general-purpose connection was designed and applied to all main load-bearing nodes.
Architects: TU/e, Eindhoven University of Technology
Design Team: Mattia Inselvini, Habib Kaya, Joren van Jaarsveld, Frank Pruijsten
Supervision: Tom Veeger, Faas Moonen, Renato Kindt
Structural advisor: Marcel Mosterd (H4D Raadgevend Ingenieurs B.V., Dongen)
Construction: students of TU/e (design team with the help of other students/friends)
Location: Aquabest, Eindhoven
Area: 160 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Mattia Inselvini, Willeke Machiels
Client: La Fête 040, Extrema Outdoor
The structure was 1 day on display: Saturday, July 11th 2015.
Location: recreational beach Aquabest for Extrema Outdoor 2015.