As part of the 2013 Biennal of the Americas in Denver, Chicago-based architect Paul Preissner together with local practice Indie Architecture designed a temporary event structure providing vibrant social spaces in which the Music for Animals festival took place.

The installation gave the visitors a glimpse into how young designers now tend to embrace the transience nature of such venue to conceive theatrical settings serving useful purposes while creating powerful visual effects.

Two prefabricated galvanized steel barns sitting on wooden skid foundations were oriented so as to create multiple architectural spaces with distinctive qualities. As well as bringing the project to life at night, the arched structures’ red-coloured interior was intended to draw the public’s attention on a quirky edible plants installation by French-born Denver-based artist Vivane Le Courtois.

The work of Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner seems to have raised a lot of interests as it substantially transforms and improves – for a limited amount of time – public spaces using commonly scavenged material, calling for fairly simple assembly processes.

Photos François-Luc Giraldeau