Building as a forest? It is another story in our continuing Wood Style blog. Made out of green prismatic shapes, the roof of the Pulp and Paper Pavilion, which was built in 1967 within celebrated EXPO 1967 World exhibition in Montreal, created artificial forest dedicated to the production of the paper and importance of the paper industry in Canada.
In the pavilion the forest as a source of paper was presented as well as exposition about production of paper and traditional wood craft.
In the official guide for Montreal EXPO is written about it: "There were 4 major exhibits in this pavilion. The first section used whimsical sound effects and animation to describe forest legends across the world. The second section included 2 unusual theatres, with walls that suggested huge unwinding rolls of paper. The third section described the Pulp and Paper Industry's impact on the Canadian Economy. The final section, Lab 67, was presented as a science whiz show. Lively demonstrations dealt with the chemical aspect of paper production, including it's unlimited future uses. Visitors could also see French Canadian artisans creating paper by hand."
All of this in the special installations, where visitors heard music which was composed by Ben McPeek, the very same person who did the orchestral score for Bobby Gimby's hit song, "CA-NA-DA" by the Young Canada Singers.
Designed by Kissiloff & Wimmershoff in collaboration with architect Peter M. Acres, pavilion represented very nice idea to visualize real theme into the abstract shapes of the architecture. Forest is architecture in this case.
Above you can see four different presentation of the Pavilion. Real vintage photo, precise drawing, poster with very simplified version of the architecture and last but not least original project from the collection of Library and Archives Canada. It is the great opportunity to see how every creator of these appearances visualized already visualized reality.
Photo courtesy Library and Archives Canada