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Preliminary Concept: a conical cluster

The only regulation given to us for the pavilion project is that it must be on the university’s campus.  I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a pavilion within a natural context (without any large campus buildings to compete with the scale and form of the pavilion).  The largest natural lot on campus is known as Christy Woods.  The land was given to the university by the Ball brothers and is currently used for environmental research.

One of my initial questions after choosing the wooded site was whether the pavilion with blend with the natural surroundings or act as a modern juxtaposition.  The preliminary concept attempts to do both.  In the wooded site there are areas that have no reference to the built environment, so I considered primitive and natural forms as my inspiration to the site.  This way the pavilion subtly references the site but can also be a contemporary interpretation.  I made a list of primitive forms such as mounds, stumps, canopies, rivers, mushrooms, etc and eventually landed on the concept of the tee pee.  The tee pee acts an ideal form for a heavily wooded area, occupying the negative space below and between the tree canopies.

Conical Diagrams

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Project 2: A Pavilion

Keywords:  Ephemeral, Mobile, Tectonics, Materialism, Location, Purpose

Pavilion projects are a tool for architects to push their ideas.  The Venice Biennale, MoMa’s PS1, and the Serpentine Gallery act as platforms for designers to experiment with ideas of materiality, tectonics, and form.  The temporal qualities of a pavilion allow for less obligations than a 100 yr building.  Usually lacking an airtight envelope and generally one level tall, these projects rarely rely on logistics of HVAC, drainage, or typical clients.

With this reasoning, Rem Koolhaas is able to produce a 50′ tall inflatable bubble;

MOS-Office is able to test their contemporary application of thatch;

and Sou Fujimoto can make a building out of levitating planks of wood

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Project 1

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Project 1: Soft Connections with Tyvek

THE GOAL OF SOFT CONNECTIONS WITH TYVEK IS TO EXPERIMENT WITH THE MATERIAL TO ACCENTUATE ITS PROPERTIES (LIQUID BARRIER, STRENGTH, ETC). THE PROJECT BRINGS THE MATERIAL FROM A LARGE BUILDING SCALE USE TO A HUMAN SCALE, CUTTING THE TYVEK INTO HAND-SIZED PIECES.

USING TYVEK’S INHERIT STRENGTH, I WAS ABLE TO UTILIZE SOFT

CONNECTIONS FOR THE EXPERIMENTS. NO ADHESIVE OR SECONDARY MATERIAL WAS USED TO JOIN THE MATERIAL TO ITSELF. RESEARCHING ONE OR TWO EXAMPLES OF PAPER CONNECTIONS, I WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE BASIC GUIDELINES TO DESIGN A SERIES OF JOINTS.

THE TWO EXPERIMENTS ARE LESS ABOUT FUNCTION AND MORE ABOUT MATERIAL EXPLORATIONS. THE TWO PROTOTYPES DEPICT A REGULAR GRID PATTERN AND A RANDOM GRID PATTERN. COLOR WAS USED TO ACCENT THE INDIVIDUAL SHAPES AS WELL AS THE OVERLAPPING JOINERY.

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Project 1: Soft Connections with Tyvek

Soft Connections with Tyvek

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Potential Direction: Soft Connection Textiles

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Potential Direction: Poncho Design

Incorporating Tyvek’s waterproof qualities.  Look at clothing design processes and techniques.

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Potential Direction: Tee Pee

A contemporary interpretation of a primitive form using tyvek and a wood structure.

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Reference Images: Ball Nogues

Ball Nogues, based in Los Angeles, explores the spatial qualities of string in this installation. Repetition and color add a volumous quality to the string within the room.

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Reference Images: Bouroullec Brothers

The Bouroullec Brothers blur the borders of furniture, architecture, and function.  Their current work is an experimentation of fabric and connection details.

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