Studio 2008




MOOP by Christopher Lee, Mikaso Murata

Project work continued from Sabin + Jones Nonlinear Systems Biology and Design Fall course work 2007, University of Pennsylvania

Cellular Branching by Kate Cella, Kwei Cheng Chang


Danzer by Daniel Affleck, Lauren MacCuaig

By nature, a pavilion is typically a temporary freestanding building, serving a particular function for a fixed amount of time. Frequently pavilions are showpieces for the display and discussion of art and design or for social and political debate. Such diverse events may have a significant impact on both the site and the notion of gateway and interface. Pavilions are jewels that are powerful in their design intent and formal gesture. For example, Bruno Taut’s Glass House celebrated the impact of translucent material, becoming a manifesto on the very nature of glass itself. Cecil Balmond’s and Toyo Ito’s Serpentine Pavilion has become an iconic statement on the aesthetics of algorithmic design by unearthing structure and rhythm embedded in proportion, geometry, and pattern. How might algorithmic design and the temporary nature of a pavilion transform the way that we conceive of gateway in a post-industrial US city?

ARCH 704 Research Studio; Portal Pavilion; PennDesign Spring 2008; Instructors: Cecil Balmond + Jenny E. Sabin; Thumbnail image by Christopher Lee & Misako Murata