Des Cours Exhibit in New Orleans – Pavilion

Today we are coming at you with another pavilion designed by a collective group of students from Georgia Tech for the Des Cours Exhibit in New Orleans.  The project looks at digital fabrication as a means to construct an eco skin.  The separation of space no longer becomes just about physical boundary, but a living breathing systems controlling light, collecting water, and acting as a green wall.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL: Georgia Tech
STUDENTS: Valerie Bolen, Emily Finau, Tasnouva Habib, Knox Jolly, Pei-Lin Liao, Keith Smith, April Tann, Rachel Dickey
COURSE: Des Cours Exhibit  in New Orlean

“This design build project involved making a temporary installation for the Des Cours event in New Orleans. DesCours is a ten-day architecture and art event, which invites architects and artists to create fifteen architecture installations within the heart of New Orleans.

Upon receiving the invitation for the event, myself and a group of seven other students worked together to produce an installation that would act as a representation of the work were doing at Georgia Tech. After working in the first half of the semester gathering natural surface taxonomies, performing experiments in subdivision geometry, and designing possible architectural applications as eco skins, we decided to design a pavilion which would combine our investigations as a class and represent the work we had being doing in the studio as a whole.

The installation acted as a model of an eco skin which consisted of a flexible modular system in which the units could  parametrically adjust to take on a series of different ecological programmatic conditions. The program for the modules included water collection, light apertures, foundation modules, and plant air filters. Each of the 268 modules for the pavilion was made of polyethylene terephthalate (pete), a plastic commonly used for thermoforming application, routed on the cnc machine, vaccum formed with a unique mold, and assembled with a bolt and nut connection.”

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