The Figment Glass pavilion of 2013 is proposed as a fabrication system which works as a metaphoric Ice Cave which responds to both the environments local micro-climate as well as the contextual parkscape in which it sits. The ‘parti’ for the Ice Cave is the experience of the space between the inside and the outside. Playing with the abstraction of edges, it frames the green space on three edges and Manhattan’s skyline on the edge facing the City of New York.
Tectonicaly, the desirable building material are clear Polycarbonate tubes (or similar). By employing transparency the pavilion ceases to be static, and will provide a more dynamic and engaging space as it reacts to many external elements such as: sun, shade, light and user interaction. This building embraces sustainability through day light and prevailing winds. The premise is the honeycomb hive like roof condition that absorbs the sun’s energy, by providing light and acting as a natural thermostat that evaporates water upward which circulates by means of convective air flow into pavilion’s roof volume. A small water reservoir located at the pavilion base will act as a miraculous substance by which daylight is refracted and brings light, color and dynamism to the pavilion. The users of the pavilion as well as passersby will create at dynamic ornament like texture which renders an informal space for performances, lectures, art programs, as well as a general relaxation zone. The flexibility of the Pavilion’s ground condition (as analyzed on the diagram) is fabricated in such a way to house any sort of gathering system which can serve various events.
Status: Competition entry
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