Guest of Honor: The annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, or simply “FIL”) is the second largest book fair in the world and one of the largest cultural events in Latin America. In 2009, Los Angeles was its Guest of Honor and after a long selection process, JFAK was chosen to design the 20,000 square foot Guest of Honor Pavilion that would project Los Angeles’ identity for the nine days of the fair.

Innovation: The pavilion’s design created a public plaza where people could gather, interact, and trade ideas and visions. The larger theme that guided the design’s content was that of innovation – a theme common to L.A.’s artistic, cultural, commercial, and developmental history.

Atmosphere: Rather than stuffing the pavilion with books and facts about Los Angeles, the design created an ephemeral, atmospheric environment that itself communicated the spirit of this elusive, ever-changing City. The pavilion was designed to embody innovation, rather than to display it.......more