michael jantzen designs proximity-sensing smart church pavilion
michael jantzen designs proximity-sensing smart church pavilion michael jantzen designs proximity-sensing smart church pavilion
feb 12, 2016

michael jantzen designs proximity-sensing smart church pavilion

michael jantzen designs proximity-sensing smart church pavilion
all images courtesy of michael jantzen




los angeles-based architect michael jantzen presents the ‘smart church pavilion’, a public art proposal. meant for installation in any public space, the painted wooden structure is symbolic of the archetypal church. the ‘smart’ title comes from the pavilion’s primary feature; proximity-awareness sensors, which are able to open and close the entire unit when visitors enter within a designated perimeter.

michael jantzen smart church pavilion proposal
closed position




intended for use in special gatherings or days at the park, ‘smart church pavilion’ — despite its religious undertone — is not meant to be exclusionary. rather, jantzen hopes the generic church form will instill a sense of awe and calmness in the minds of visitors.

the ‘smart church pavilion’ in the open position

michael jantzen smart church pavilion proposal
visitors can enter through the front gate and sit on built-in seats

michael jantzen smart church pavilion proposal
the hope is to provide a special gathering place for those who come to visit

the structure senses the presence of visitors and opens to accommodate them

michael jantzen smart church pavilion proposal
detail view of the ‘smart church pavilion’ interior



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

  • Just love how Jantzen photoshops himself in the renders 🙂

    H-J says:
  • so, what happens when it closes – pitch black darkness?

    dbkii says:
  • H-J yes who better to include then me? Also the structures are actually photos of physical models I build placed into a scene, not renderings.

    michael jantzen jantzen says:
  • dbkii yes it is dark inside when it closes because it only closes when no one is inside!

    michael jantzen jantzen says:

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