pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. joseph pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. joseph
jun 09, 2013

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. joseph

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. joseph
split bamboo woven into a continuous metaball surface



designed and built by university of st. joseph in macau by third-year undergraduate architecture students, ‘the pulse pavilion’ is conceived as a temporary structure that stands at plaza sai van, adjacent to macau tower. it is an inhabitable sculpture, a parametrically generated organic lattice structure created from split bamboo rods, interwoven fabric panels, and an interactive LED lighting system. in addition to a range of spectacular pre-programmed light-shows, the bamboo lattice is lined with motion sensors that cause the led lights to change in color and intensity as people move around and through the pavilion.



perspective of pavilion entrance



the students designed the pavilion using an array of digital and physical models. for the actual construction, they were assisted by local craftsmen with expertise in bamboo structures. as a combination of advanced parametric software techniques with traditional construction methods and materials, the pavilion is intended to reinvigorate and extend the local macau building culture. at the same time, it responds to the local casino culture of iconic architectural forms and dynamic lighting effects that define macau’s contemporary visual identity.



pulse pavilion with macau skyline



split bamboo woven into a continuous metaball surface



suspended stretch fabric



suspended stretch fabric – detail



integrated LED lighting



interactive LED lighting



illuminated stretch fabric



pavilion visitors at night



project information:


location: plaza sai van, macau sar, china.

design: third-year undergraduate architecture students from the university of st joseph, led by guest professors kristof crolla and dannes kok.

dates: on display from june 1-10 2013.

support: laboratory for explorative architecture & design ltd. (lead), traxon technologies (lighting), wing yick scaffolders (bamboo), wings design production ltd. (fabric), macau foundation, macau tower.




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