Designer Ehsan Jahani created the Stars Pavilion, a freestanding, temporary structure with a simple but flexible design. Shaped like stars, the artistic and modular pavilion was recently recognized as one of the winners of the international London pavilion competition. The proposed pavilion would be primarily built from sawn timber and nylon rope, both inexpensive and durable materials that are locally available in London.
Sawn timber components joined together by a central steel joint create the base of each pavilion. Nylon ropes are attached through holes drilled into the wood and woven into beautiful netting. In addition to the choice of materials, the Stars Pavilion minimizes site disturbance to keep costs low. The pavilions sit lightly on the landscape and are anchored to the ground by wooden boxes with fixed foundations.
The nylon rope netting creates an inviting, porous canopy, under which users can socialize and relax. The pavilion seating is made up of mobile wooden box units that complement the look of the structure. The pavilion’s simple and modular system makes it easy for the structure to be maintained, constructed at varying scales, and installed with unskilled labor.