michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Unfolded Cube Pavilion

The Unfolded Cube Pavilion

The Unfolded Cube Pavilion is part of a large series of functional art structures called M-velopes. All of these structures merge art, furniture design, and architecture. Most are made of eco-friendly treated and painted sustainably grown wood. All are constructed from prefabricated and modular components that can be assembled, disassembled, and reassembled into many different shapes and/or sizes. Most do not require extensive foundations and can be installed almost anywhere indoors or outdoors.

The Unfolded Cube Pavilion was formed around an eight-foot square by ten-foot tall support frame made of sustainably grown wood that has been treated and painted in an eco-friendly way. Five faces of the cube have been subdivided in the same way and made into panels with their own support frames, also made from treated and painted wood. These frames are clad with treated and painted wood slats that are arranged onto the support frames with a small gap between each slat. All of the slatted panels are hinged onto the main support frame and opened away from the frame to the same position. The slatted panels are then secured to the main support frame with metal brackets.

This arrangement forms a shape that appears to have morphs out from the basic cube into an unexpected space. All of the M-velopes have been designed in the same way, creating unexpected spaces through this method of morphing new shapes from a variety of simple forms.

Most of these structures are fitted with built-in places to sit and/or lay. All are designed to provide a special space in and around which to experience a new kind of exciting place to be. 

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe, NM, US