Flying Canopy

Team || Lena Han, Bei Liu, Josh Chen

Mies’ Barcelona pavilion is a symbol of simplified, elegant architecture. Instead of rooms, it is more like an assemble of a couple planar surface in horizontal and vertical direction. It breaks down the elements of architecture and reassembled it into a couple thresholds. If you look from the sky, you see two roof sitting on top of walls, and they are being placed at the two opposite directions of the courtyard in the middle.

The flying canopy is to add a slice of playful element, but still be consistent with the tone of the Barcelona pavilion. The canopy connects those two roofs separated by the courtyard, providing shading area for people in the summer. Then, by lifting up two opposite corners, the canopy got less rigid, less heavy. It looks like a roof with wings and is flying toward the sky.

It makes the whole space uplifting, playful and romantic when the shadow projects on the floor and walls.

Concept diagrams

Tile Design

Unfold Tiles

Connection Detail

Children’s dome

Aixuan Li, Hanxin Chen, Yang Pei, Yushi Zhao

Children’s dome

Our design is a large-scale indoor installation, mainly to create a play area for children, while ensuring that adults can see the children. This installation is suspended from the ceiling. The closer to the edge, the lower the height, and children can easily enter and exit. Adults need to lean down to get in. There are dome shape protrusions with different heights inside the installation, and children can play inside as often as they like. But if adults go in, they can only stand upright in certain place that the ceiling is high enough. The entire device has hollows of different sizes to ensure that the adult’s sight is not obstructed. Even if parents does not enter and play with the child inside, they still able to see their child from the hole, ensuring the safety.

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When children and adults stand in the same position, their perspective and range of sight are different. Here are some comparison:

(Left – children’s view / right – adult’s view)

All the pieces:

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Physical model:

Assignment 9

Josh Chen, Lena Han, Bei Liu, Kaiwei Xiong

The lightness of Delight

The lightness of the pavilion is in contrast with the heaviness carried in marbles Mies used in his pavilion. A lot of the materials Mies used in Barcelona pavilion are heavy material with smoothie surface. It is very geometric and rational. To wash out the heaviness and stiffness, we want to bring something delightful into the space.

Thus, the exterior pavilion we created was lightweight, almost like a cloud floating above the water. It is lightweight, and adds more diversity into the space to balance the stiffness. It is made of metal and has several fulcrum points to support the entire structure. Metal surfaces can reflect light, echoing the light reflected by water waves. The interior installation resembles a tree hole, and this shape can be woven with wooden strips. It allows people to interact with it, drill in and out, and experience a richer space.Like joy is the light of life, and the pavilion brings a delightful atmosphere to light up the space.

Assignment 9

Aixuan Li, Hanxin Chen, Yang Pei, Yushi Zhao

Mobius

We started our project with forms. Because forms decide how the pattern flow and how interactive the object could be with people in a public space. After researching different forms and shapes, we are inspired by the continuity and the mystery twisted form of Mobius ring.

For the new site we are trying to turn this form into large scale installation for both interior and exterior. However we haven’t decided on the material and purpose yet. This week we are still testing forms and scale, but we might build a futuristic botanical garden for the new site, which means we will introduce plants and change the whole atmosphere of the space

Assignment 7

Aixuan Li, Hanxin Chen, Yang Pei, Yushi Zhao

Mobius

We started our project with forms. Because forms decide how the pattern flow and how interactive the object could be with people in a public space. After researching different forms and shapes, we are inspired by the continuity and the mystery twisted form of Mobius ring.

We want to test how it could be performed in the space in two different way: freestanding and hanging. If it is free standing it may allow people to cross the ring. If it is hanging, it may allow people to get inside. Every time people cross the ring or being inside of the ring they will feel the continuity of the Mobius ring.