Last year we wrote about Lot-ek’s recycled airplane fuselage library and got a ton of interest from people who appreciated the architects’ creative reuse of old planes. Well, it turns out that Lot-ek has another recycled airplane project for an education facility- check out this reclaimed aeronautical stunner. Using a 60-foot-long section of a Boeing 747 plane, Lot-Ek’s Student Pavilion at the University of Washington in Seattle turns fuselage into function.
The plane section is placed on a sloping site overlooking Lake Union. The Pavilion provides space for both work and play, and is supported mid-air by a steel pipe cradle system, providing access to the interior via a steel ramp. Despite the inherently rigid nature of the interior space, Lot-Ek proposed a flexible seating system that makes the space multi-functional and surprisingly comfortable. While the raw structural qualities of the fuselage are highlighted (its aluminum rib cage and metal grated floor), the rotating floor/seating systems adapts to accommodate three different positions/needs: floor, bench, and lounge.
This flexibility is ideal for a student gathering space, allowing every activity from lectures and parties to performances and movie screenings. Adding to the entertainment possibilities, the Pavilion is networked with Ethernet connections, and integrated projection screens can be pulled down along the perimeter of the entire fuselage, transforming the space into a “face-to-face” theater.