The design of the pavilion utilizes a thermally responsive component that has the ability to
transform with the changing climatic conditions of the site. The component is tiled across a structural grid of triangulated struts. The intention was to create a space and form that would adapt with the changing seasonal and diurnal cycle conditions of the Barcelona climate.
The geometry of the thermally reactive component is made from six rods that are elastically connected together into a unit. The rods are sleeved with fabric shades such that, when activated, the component would open and create shade for the interior space of the pavilion. There are three planes of connections within each component that create a scissoring effect about the middle plane. With awareness of the limited mechanical movement of thermally reactive materials, it was necessary to create a component that could translate the mechanical movement of the reactive materials to a larger motion. In observing the behaviour of movement of the component, the relatively minimal movement of the middle plane of connection translates to a large degree of movement to the component ends. Thus, the thermal actuation of the component was placed to activate in the component's middle plane of connection.
Status: School Project
Location: Barcelona, ES