Sunday, January 31, 2010

Daylight Model: The Pavilion

This was our first studio project this semester. The assignment was to develop and build a model at 3/4" scale that addresses the issue of natural daylight. My partner, Robert, and I worked together on this project. We were inspired by the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe, The Summer House in Trosa by WRB Architects in Stockholm, and the Cresent House by Ken Shuttleworth. The taller solid curved wall faces south and will reflect light down into the space and bounce off the shorter curved wall.  The curved shape directs the bouncing light towards the center while the louvres help to block out the more direct light.  The Pavilion is separated into two spaces. The area with the lower ceiling is a more private space with very little direct light and a water element that partially divides the space from the entrance.  The space with higher ceiling gets more direct light and is therefore designed to be a public space.