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Modular pavilion by CHYBIK + KRISTOF returns to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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Architecture firm:
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Alex Shoots Buildings
Principal architect:
Ondrej Chybik, Michal Kristof
Design team:
Kristyna Blazickova, Ondrej Mundl, Martin Holy, Ondrej Jelinek, Alex Montolio Font
Containers fabricators: OSTRA GROUP a.s., CUBESPACE a.s., HSF System a.s.; Engineer: SEMA DesignING s.r.o.; Co-workers: Aeroevents, Dejsiprostor s.r.o.
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Built area:
700 m²
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Tools used:
ArchiCAD, SketchUp, AutoCAD
Karlovy Vary International Festival
Pavilion › Cultural Architecture

Following the resounding success of the previous year, the multifunctional space KVIFF.TV Park designed by CHYBIK + KRISTOF is set to once again welcome visitors to the highly anticipated 57th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival from 30 June until 8 July. Luminaries of the silver screen, filmmakers, musicians, and festival visitors will converge within the confines of the modular pavilion located next to the Hotel Thermal on the spa promenade in the city center. The design of this vibrant venue draws inspiration from the spa environment that envelops it.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is a highly esteemed annual film festival with a rich heritage, recognized as a prominent event within its category in Europe. To enhance the visitor's experience the program was complemented by the addition of the multifunctional area of KVIFF.TV Park. The building provides a space for discussions with creators, meetings with actors, and fun competitions, but at the same time, it also serves as a relaxation zone and a place for the presentation of the festival’s partners and sponsors.

The construction of the park employed height-adjustable modules that create a spacious colonnaded area. Originally conceived for the 56th edition, this temporary modular structure was designed as a timeless alternative, eschewing disposability in favor of enduring elegance, courtesy of CHYBIK + KRISTOF studio. As in the previous year, the pavilion will add a new dimension to the festival and is poised to become a cherished gathering point for festival attendees.

The reborn pavilion

The city of Karlovy Vary stands as the preeminent spa town in the Czech Republic, attracting the highest number of visitors. When designing KVIFF.TV Park, the architects considered the local context of the spa tradition as the foundation of their approach. By building the modules from which the pavilion is made vertically they created an elevated colonnade space.

The color and raw processing of the admitted steel structure and the red furniture refer to the brutalist architecture of the neighboring Hotel Thermal, built between 1967 and 1976 according to the design of husband-and-wife architects Věra and Vladimír Machonin. The pavilion serves as a temporary counterpart to this distinctive modern icon. Architect Ondřej Chybík, the co-founder of the esteemed CHYBIK + KRISTOF studio, elucidates, "Our intention was to establish a temporary sibling to this distinguished exemplar of modern architecture."

Following last year's festival, the organizers dismantled the imaginary sixth colonnade and stored the modules at the production plant, where they underwent minor modifications. The most notable change from the previous year lies in the lighting fixtures, which the authors and organizers adapted to align with this year's festival's graphic identity. Thanks to LED technology, both the intensity and color of the lighting can be adjusted during this year's event.

While incorporating neon lights the concept of the pavilion remains consistent. It will serve as a venue for the festival's accompanying program throughout the day and night. The adaptable space facilitates two distinct modes of operation. During the day, it hosts talks, meetups, and film quizzes, while in the evening, it seamlessly transforms into a lively bar with a dance floor that reverberates into the late hours. The immediate vicinity of the pavilion, along with the riverside embankment by the Teplá River, also provides a relaxing zone for festival visitors.

 Modular Hotspot

 The architects have thoughtfully divided the space within the pavilion into distinct functional zones, catering to various festival needs. These zones include lounges for festival partners, a prominent main bar with a stage, and a gallery on the second floor that houses VIP areas and seating. The pavilion offers a welcoming space for meeting, relaxation, or enjoying music productions. With its unique indoor-outdoor design, the pavilion ensures natural air circulation, creating a comfortable backdrop for festival visitors throughout the day.

Comprising forty-one vertical and eighteen horizontal modules, the pavilion spans an impressive width of eighteen meters and a length of nearly thirty meters. Standing at a height of six meters and encompassing two floors, this modular structure can accommodate up to a thousand visitors. One of the key advantages of the pavilion lies in its low-maintenance construction, upkeep, and the potential for reuse.

Architect Ondřej Chybík emphasizes, "KVIFF.TV Park becomes an integral part of the festival, enhancing the atmosphere and harmonizing with the local context. The concept of a modular building allows for efficient space utilization during the festival, all without necessitating significant alterations to the structure or appearance of the city."

With a longstanding involvement in constructing prefabricated modules, the architects Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof have an impressive track record. Noteworthy examples of their expertise include the design of the Czech Republic Pavilion at the World Expo 2015, showcasing their adeptness in module-based architecture. Additionally, in collaboration with KOMA, CHYBIK + KRISTOF completed the Modular Research Center in Vizovice in 2022 and unveiled plans for the development of an entire modular village, further exemplifying their forward-thinking approach to construction and design.


CHYBIK + KRISTOF is an architecture and urban design practice founded in 2010 by Ondrej Chybik and Michal Kristof. Operating with 60+ international team members and offices in Prague, Brno, and Bratislava, the practice aims at creating bridges between private and public space, transcending generations and societal spheres. Taking into account local histories and environmental specificities, the studio works on a wide array of projects, ranging from urban developments to public and residential buildings. Recent projects include: Lahofer Winery (CZ), Zvonarka Bus Station (CZ), Multipurpose arena in Jihlava (CZ), Ostrava Tower (CZ), House of Wine (CZ), Sugar Factory (CZ), Pearl Gallery (CZ), Manifesto Market (CZ) and Municipal Affordable Housing (CZ). The studio has been awarded a number of prizes, including the 2019 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, and was recently amongst the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 2019 40 Under 40 Award winners.

By Liliana Alvarez

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