Following Yale's four-decade tradition that encourages first-year architecture and design students to construct a hip new building, this year's students came up with Assembly One - a reflective pavilion made out of thin sheets of aluminum. Designed to be eventually used as an information center at New Haven’s summer International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the shiny structure is the result of groundbreaking computational and material techniques.
During a seminar and design studio, the students set out to apply interesting new computational and material techniques to their building project. What resulted is an airy, reflective pavilion made from 1,000 pieces of uber thin aluminum that is at once lofty and sturdy. The students’ didn’t explicitly say, but we are willing to wager that these materials are easily disassembled and recycled elsewhere.
Two of the pavilion’s walls are solid – relatively speaking – while two are left open. This promotes natural ventilation and some sense of security while still allowing for a great deal of visibility. In this case, the pavilion was oriented to face the festival’s main stage. The material choice is such that the pavilion captures light differently depending on the viewer’s point-of-view, giving the temporary structure a fascinating shifting quality that completely changes the face of festival architecture.
Via Arch Daily