Adaptiv Structure Solutions

In its third year, the Frieze Art Festival in Santa Monica faced a unique challenge – finding a venue that could accommodate its growing scale and ambitions. The answer came in the form of an unexpected partnership with ADAPTIV Structure Solutions, a trailblazing company known for its innovative approach to architectural solutions. This collaboration not only showcased ADAPTIV’s capabilities but also redefined the possibilities of art exhibition spaces. The result was a monumental gallery spanning over 150,000 square feet- housed in Losberger De Boer Tent Structures at the Santa Monica Airport, where creativity, innovation, and aesthetics converged seamlessly.


A Need for Transformation:


As the Frieze Art Fair grew in popularity, the need for more space became evident. The event had outgrown its previous venues, leading to the decision to move to the Santa Monica Airport. This transition was not without challenges, as the new venue required a radical transformation to host the diverse range of artworks and installations that the festival is known for.


ADAPTIV’s Entrance:


ADAPTIV Structure Solutions seized this opportunity to showcase their expertise in a truly exceptional manner. With a reputation for pushing the boundaries of architectural innovation, ADAPTIV’s involvement promised an exciting shift in how the festival’s physical space would be conceived.


The Innovation Journey:


Creating a gallery space spanning 150,000 square feet with varying elevations was a monumental task. ADAPTIV’s innovative spirit was on full display as they embarked on a journey to reimagine the possibilities of art exhibition spaces. Their solution? A proprietary and custom scaffolding system that seamlessly integrated with the existing airport landscape.


Customization and Integration:


The heart of ADAPTIV’s solution lay in its ability to custom-design scaffolding-to-structure attachments. This intricate process involved devising brackets, railings, stairs, and even translucent tops that not only maintained the desired level spaces but also contributed to the overall aesthetic of the event. The result was a harmonious marriage of function and form, where structural elements became works of art in their own right.


Aesthetic Adherence:


One of the remarkable achievements of this partnership was the team’s ability to seamlessly blend functionality with aesthetics. The scaffolding system not only served its practical purpose but also added to the visual appeal of the entire exhibition. It provided an artistic framework that allowed artworks to breathe and shine, all while preserving the desired atmosphere of the festival.


Beyond Boundaries:


ADAPTIV Structure Solutions and the Frieze Art Festival partnership underscored the limitless possibilities of collaboration between fabricated architecture and the arts. The success of this venture demonstrated that innovation could transform spaces in ways previously thought unimaginable. The Santa Monica Airport, once a utilitarian location, was transformed into an inspiring canvas that celebrated creativity and imagination.


The partnership between ADAPTIV Structure Solutions and the Frieze Art Festival in Santa Monica’s third year was a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration. The reimagined space at the Santa Monica Airport showcased ADAPTIV’s ability to think outside the box and push boundaries, resulting in an exhibition that redefined the possibilities of art showcase venues. This collaboration will undoubtedly be remembered as a milestone in both the world of architecture and the arts, inspiring future partnerships that continue to blur the lines between creativity and functionality.