Michael Jantzen’s newest experimental pavilion is a solar-powered, lightweight steel structure whose parts can be rotated in any direction around a center support column. The segments of the Radius Transformation Pavilion are suspended on rubber wheels and can easily be pushed to create an either completely closed or completely open space. Various configurations allow for the creation of flexible passageways that can also function as rest stops.
Jantzen designed the building with the idea of absolute flexibility in mind. The structure is meant to meet the spatial needs and desires of different users. The rubber wheels allow visitors to reshape the space themselves but compressing or expanding the structure from a totally open state to a completely closed one, with a wide array of in-between states.
Large openings formed with the movement create different natural lighting scenarios. The structure is also artificially lit at night and the lights are powered by a large solar cell array mounted on the top of the central support column. Each of the six segments has large benches built into them and provide shaded areas for the visitors to rest.
With flexible configuration and adaptability, the Radius Transformation Pavilion could be used as a family house or as an exhibition space, allowing its inhabitants and visitors to build their own version of it without the need to start building it from scratch.