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What is a Design POP pavilion?

A Design POP pavilion is a temporary structure designed and created by an Architect or Designer. These different collaborations are dotted around Cork city. 

The Architects/designer is challenged to design a structure that captures and represents the Design POP themes of either Urban Regeneration or Creative Community. 

ACTIVATION TIMES: Activation times are the times when something is happening in/at the pavilion. All pavilions are open during opening hours with a specific activity happening at the activation times.

What is a pavilion?
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Wilson Architects



Wilson Architecture is one of Ireland’s leading architectural firms. Through our offices in Cork, Dublin, and Dalian, China we provide the full range of professional architectural services to both National and International clients. We have delivered a wide range of award-winning developments and several recent projects in Cork City including Penrose Dock, The Capitol, The Dean Hotel and Cork Courthouse, Anglesea St. All our staff are experienced in working collaboratively with clients, design teams and construction contractors to ensure a hands-on approach to delivering successful projects. We are committed to achieving design excellence through all stages of a project, from conception through to final construction.

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About the pavilion


Penrose Dock - Wilson Architecture For 2023’s Design Popup Cork, Wilson Architecture has designed a temporary architectural pavilion to provide a place to gather, to talk, and to reconnect.

The design incorporates simple geometric shapes intertwined by a horizontal plane, inspired by the logo of our Popup partner Naturally Nourished café, to provide a ‘long table’ installation a meeting point for outdoor dining, and gathering, and an event space for play and relaxation.


Located at Penrose Dock, the Popup pavilion, with its vibrant colour and bold forms, creates a temporary reimagining of the public space within the formal architectural setting and provides an opportunity to re-establish the importance of communal gathering, particularly centred around a food experience.



Babelfís is an award winning multidisciplinary creative communications agency, specialising in the creation and articulation of brands, translating commercial strategy into effective creative communications. For over 20 years, we have built experience and developed our service to deliver everything from traditional media to cutting edit digital applications, as well as a full marketing service.

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About the pavilion
Penrose Wharf - Babelfís are creating an immersive audio visual experience sited in the courtyard of Penrose Wharf, which will capture the essence of creativity in Cork City across many different disciplines, and the importance of a creative community for the city.

Nano Nagle Place Plaza


James Grennan Studio

James Grennan Studio is a practice that aims to provide quality projects through considered design. James specialises in residential architecture that responds to the surrounding context. 

About the pavilion
Nano Nagle Place Plaza- The temporary structure is designed to act as a beacon and marker for the festival HQ. The idea is to create a pavilion that is visible from a distance and capture your attention. It will give Design POP attendee's the sense that they are in the right place when arriving at this year's festival HQ. 

Nano Nagle Place - Garden 

About the pavilion
nano Nagle Place Garden - The team at design pop have always had a close relationship with Nano Nagle Place and Good Day Deli, and want to create a structure that celebrates the wonderful site. 
The temporary architectural structure will create a place of rest and meeting while capturing a beautiful snapshot of the city. The pop-up will allow the public to see the city of Cork through a new lens. 

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