Tom van Malderen
Tom van Malderen studied at St. Lucas, Brussels, and started his career with Atelier Lucien Kroll. Since 2001, he has worked in Malta with Architecture Project (www.ap.com.mt), and co-founded their office in London. He has lectured in France, the United Kingdom and Malta, and contributes to several publications and blogs. In addition, he has been on the boards of the Malta Contemporary Art Foundation and the NGO Kinemastik.
Expressing the idea that architecture possesses the power to start anew is very much on the order nowadays. Whilst responding to the existing structure of the pavilion through a relative simple but constantly changing intervention, one can experience a poetic transformation every five minutes. The rhythm, the sound of the track, the changing light and reconfiguration of the existing space stimulate looking at underused space.
This pavilion also highlighted the increasingly common challenge within the architectural practice to look at developing what already exists. The work of sixteen firms shows different conversion strategies for the already built environment. In line with the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle theme of the exhibition, the pavilion is cleverly organized with a minimum of means and energy.
The pavilion is simply as beautiful as its title, 'Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of powers'. A great part of the budget was spent on renovating the ventilation system of the Polish pavilion and turning it into an 'eavesdropping machine' by tapping into the sounds of neighboring pavilions. Various sounds, noises and vibrations are transferred… to feel the sound of the Common Ground.