June 13, 2012

Design course at Chalmers: Archipelago - Parametric Pavilion

Hello everyone,

There are so many things I wish to share, but at the moment I have no time and no brain to do so. However, I remembered a post I have drafted a long time ago and wanted to share, but for one reason or another didn't. Until now.

These pictures were taken at the Röhsska Museum, during the process of assembling the pavilion architecture students from Chalmers created during one of the courses, Material and Detail. Here is the "official" explanation of what was happening:

"During the summer of 2012 a pavilion built entirely of precision cut steel is exhibited at Röhsska Museum of Design, Gothenburg, Sweden. With perforations that sift the light and with joints that are put together by hand, it serves as a focus point in the big courtyard while visitors can relax in the shade.

The pavilion is parametrically designed in Grasshopper and Rhino, andloads, sun and shade, and material use has been optimized. Steel sheets of 2 mm have been laser cut and rolled at the factory and then assembled by hand in situ. 

After summer the pavilion will be standing at Chalmers University of Technology during the autumn, after which it is possible to purchase it.The pavilion is a collaboration between Röhsska museum of Design, Chalmers University of Technology and Ribo-verken, and is the result of 33 Architecture students' work during one semester, in the master level class 'Material and Detail'. 

After selecting one initial design, 33 studentshave worked to develop the design, and to turn the project into a pavilion which is safe and constructable. The purpose of the course is to explore digital fabrication and to turn it into a real, built architectural project."

Check out the video now when the pavilion is up and running (credits to the student(s) for making this). And you can read more about it here, in the description of the project on youtube.