pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephsplit 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.

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephperspective 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 bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephpulse pavilion with macau skyline

 

 

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

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephsuspended stretch fabric

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephsuspended stretch fabric – detail

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephintegrated LED lighting

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephinteractive LED lighting

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephilluminated stretch fabric

 

 

pulse pavilion bamboo sculpture by the university of st. josephpavilion 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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