bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
 
bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
may 28, 2014

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau

 

 

 

undergraduate architecture students at the university of st joseph in macau have designed and built the ‘bloom pavilion’, which overlooks the sai van lake. the temporary structure situated on the pier is constructed from split bamboo rods and volumetric fabric panels, comprising three woven basket ‘trunks’ that merge into an overhead canopy. the tallest of the trunks emerges out from the lake, while the other two are fixed directly onto the walkway. visitors may weave their way around the masses, and enter inside one of them, where they would find piles of sandbags forming a circular seating unit within the small space. at night, a computer-controlled LED lighting system wraps the trunks, synchronized with a sound installation from hidden speakers. cumulatively, these elements create an ambiguous spatial experience that merges land, water, and sky.

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in china
the bamboo bloom merges land, water, and sky

 

 

 

the students designed bloom pavilion over one semester, moving back and forth between digital and physical models, and full-scale prototypes. after sourcing materials, they underwent a training session with local bamboo workers and spent one week assembling it on site. by applying advanced parametric software techniques to vernacular construction methods and materials, the pavilion is intended as a reinterpretation of the local building culture and simultaneously a response to the iconic architectural forms and dynamic lighting effects that define macau’s contemporary visual identity. 

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in china
the three structures pictured from above

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in china
trunk and volumetric stretch fabric detail

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
the bamboo rods frame the sky once inside

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
within one of the pavilion strictures

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
sandbag seating inside one of the trunks

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
integrated LED lighting effect from entry

 bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
bloom illuminated at night

bloom pavilion interweaves bamboo rods on sai van lake in macau
LED lighting effect illuminates the sky in vibrant color

 

 

project info:

 

design: third-year undergraduate architecture students from the university of st joseph (ao un i, jackie chao, choi man tak, eloa defly, im chon kit, claire alexis may s. jurado, kam u leng, lei wai kuan, ma choi peng, ma ka u, ng ka wai, david spilka, yana stepanenko, tam ian kan, sophia yuen) led by guest professors jason dembski and joão palla.
sound installation: joão cordeiro and álvaro barbosa
dates: 24 may–7 june 2014.
support: macau foundation and traxon technologies

 

 

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