Yale Grads Forgo Summer (and Life) to Build “Shape-Shifting” Pavilion
July 2, 2012
The pavilion on the New Haven Green; All photos: Chris Morgan Photography
Every June, first-year M.Arch I students at the Yale School of Architecture are able to participate in the Building Project, in which they design and build affordable housing. This year, the upperclassmen got jealous, and decided to design and build a project of their own: a pavilion/information kiosk for New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
The pavilion is a true collaborative effort, with thirteen students from two degree programs, faculty advisor Brennan Buck, and a structural consultant from Arup. Growing out of a digital design and fabrication course taught by Buck, the pavilion required students to work after the end of classes, and in many cases, after they had graduated.
The pavilion at night
More than 1,000 aluminum sheets were joined at different angles and painted with different tones to achieve the opposing visual qualities of permeability and density within the same façade. As attendees circulate around the pavilion, the structure oscillates between states of porosity and solidity, its tones and opacities dramatically shifting to yield a dynamic and constantly varying experience. Two openings in the pavilion focus views toward the main stage and allow for ventilation.
Different opacities and tones from different angles