The Palestinian Sunbird Pavilion showcases recent projects by the Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These projects mix low-cost practical technologies that save scarce resources such as water and electricity with more speculative ideas that hint at new design and spatial possibilities amid the harsh realities of the Palestinian situation. On the wall are projected images of architectural schemes, sustainable technologies, archaeological heritage, film sequences, and daily patterns of Palestinian cultural life.
In accordance with PART’s self-build housing guidebook and ‘Learning Room’ prototype for the Gaza Strip, the Sunbird Pavilion is constructed of materials like rammed earth or fabric-formed concrete. Two laser-cut timber structures rise above head to allude to the presence of countless birds in the Palestinian skies. The Palestine corridor is one of the most important routes for bird migration in the world, alluding to a freedom of movement and sense of hope that lies far beyond the control of those living on the ground below.
Emblematic of the local birdlife is the Palestinian Sunbird, a beautifully coloured and yet commonplace sight. The pavilion likewise seeks to merge ordinary everyday life in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with vivid architectural proposals that anticipate, and indeed offer, an emancipatory aesthetic for the built environment in Palestine.