Using the Karamba 3D-parametric modeling plug-in for Rhino, students at the University of Innsbruck worked with instructor Manuel Fabian Hartmann to design and build the ‘Pavilion for one Summer’ for only 1,500 Euros. The double curved, open structure is made of 30 single-curved, prefabricated plywood sheets and installed on a hillside in Austria using 1,500 bolts.
The organic shape of the pavilion resembles the structure of a sea urchin, whose superior anatomy and structure have inspired the creation of numerous parametric designs over the years. In the case of this wooden pavilion, the cellular structure of the sea urchin skeleton was translated into a shape made out of 30 D-forms with circular openings. The D-forms were arranged in a voronoi-pattern and intersected to create the final design.
The resulting pavilion was a 7-meter long, 5-meter wide, and 2.6-meter high wooden, lightweight structure made of 6.5 mm thick plywood sheets. Karamba 3D was used to calculate and predict the structural behavior of the pavilion against the sloping site where it was installed.
The openings of the pavilion frame the stunning views of the Alberschwende area in Austria. At night the interior light shines through them and accentuates the structure’s porosity and its complex architecture.
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