canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
 
canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
aug 26, 2010

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

hylozoic ground‘, canada’s official national pavilion for this year’s la biennale di venezia, is an experimental piece of architecture that explores the qualities of contemporary wilderness. designed by canadian architect and sculptor philip beesley, the installation is constructed out of an intricate system of transparent acrylic meshwork links, covered with a network of interactive mechanical fronds, filters, and whiskers.

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom (also main image)

 

 

the root of the project’s name, ‘hylozoism’, refers to the ancient belief that all matter has life. true to its source, the whole installation functions similarly to a giant lung, breathing in and out around its occupants. the interactive piece of architecture responds to human presence and movement by tens of thousands of lightweight digitally-fabricated components which are fitted with microprocessors and proximity  sensors.

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

 

 

‘hylozoic soil’ explores how the built environment can affect humans on an emotional and poetic level, bridging the gap between the animate and the inanimate. the technologies used in the construction of the installation has the potential to be applied and translated to fields beyond the discipline of architecture such as geotextiles, material science, environmental engineering, robots, and biotechnology.

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 weed detail image © pierre charron

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 filter detail image © pierre charron

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 (left) swallowing column detail (right) filter detail images © pierre charron

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 (left) breathing column (right) breathing column detail images © pierre charron

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 filter layer protocells image © pierre charron

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 reflexive membranes

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 cloud layer

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 image © designboom

 

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 all drawings courtesy philip beesley architect

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 filter cluster plan

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 filter cluster elevation

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 filter layer assembly diagram (3) filter feather (4) leaf spring (5) connection to adjacent filters (6) tension cable (7) tension hook (8) lever arm (9) shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator (10) sled assembly

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 skeleton typical configurations

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 feather typical configurations

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

 

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 (left) hylozoic section – first generation (right) hylozoic section – second generation

 

 

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 detailed hylozoic section (1) lily canopy element (2) anemone weed (3) hylozoic burrs (4) breathing pore column (5) swallowing column (6) sensor lash assembly (7) umbrella structural unit (8) cricket cluster (9) clamping needle assembly (10) filter cluster (11) whisker assembly

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 breathing pore assembly diagram (1) breathing pore assembly actuated position (2) breathing pore assembly rest position (3) adjustable SMA clip (4) SMA (5) lever (6) tensioned tendon (7) strengthening gusset for main spine (8) gland clip (9) copolyster tongue (10) tongue clip (11) arm units for attachment to mesh (12) tongue struts (13) feather

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 (left) senso lash assembly diagram (right) swallowing actuator assembly diagram – second generation

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 swallowing actuator assembly diagram – third generation (1) main air supply (2) main electrical harness (3) air muscle (4) local air supply (5) arduino/SMA valve mount (6) 1/8” elbow (7) 1/8” coupler (8) detachable coupler (9) 1/4” to 1/8” reducer (10) SMA valve (11) 1/4” tee (12) flow reducer/diffuser assembly (13) 3-way mainfold (14) threaded adapter (15) braided polyster sleeve (16) latex bladder (17) metal hose crimp

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 cricket layer assembly diagram (1) cricket cluster plan (2) cricket cluster elevation (3) cricket rhomb (4) stalk (5) actuator mount (6) shape memory alloy (SMA) actuator (7) cricket resonator

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 chevron assembly diagrams (1) chevron cutsheet tessellation (2) snap-fit assembly (3) basic mesh assembly (4) column mesh assembly (5) column cap plate (6) transition column taper (7) basic mesh assembly (8) kissing pore base plate (9) column assembly (10) breathing column assembly

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 petal assembly diagram (1) lily cap hanging plate (2) lily cap assembly (3) lily petal attachment point (4) silicon petal attachment point (5) adjacent canopy attachment point

canadian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 (left) lily canopy assembly diagram (1) lily cap assembly (2) lily petal (assembled) (3) ily umbrella assembly

(right) lily umbrella assembly diagram (1) filter assembly attachment point (2) bifurcation members (3) connection to main lily canopy (4) main umbrella spine elements (5) lily canopy assembly (6) junction plate assembly

 

 

 

additional credits and acknowledgement: coordinator and supporter: canada council for the arts, the royal architectural institute of canada supporter and collaborators: natural sciences and engineering research council of canada, the social sciences and humanities research council of canada, MITACS accelerate, the ontario arts council, university of waterloo, university college london, syddansk universitet media sponsorship: azure magazine

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  • nice

    kingjack
  • [url=https://www.designboom.com [/url]
    I want to go see this!! Please someone take me or send me?! Philip Beesley architect – this is something I’m going to dream about without even having been there.

    LouK
  • ;-O….awesome, 2021…..fast forward…XXI century. Please posts a video for get an idea of the atmosphere..

    Simonetta Merz
  • The elegant play of imagination with materials, technology, mechanics and structure creating motility
    thru interaction. Feeds my Imagination. Congratulations and Bravo!

    Oksana Yonan

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