University of St. Joseph
critics: Kristof CROLLA & Dannes KOK
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Designed and built by University of St. Joseph (Macau) third- and fourth-year undergraduate architecture students, led by guest professors Kristof Crolla and Dannes Kok, the Pulse Pavilion is a temporary structure that stands at Plaza Sai Van, adjacent to Macau Tower, from 1–10 June 2013. It is an inhabitable sculpture, a parametrically generated organic lattice structure created from split bamboo rods, interwoven with fabric panels, and featuring an interactive LED lighting system.
In addition to a range of spectacular pre-programmed lightshows, the bamboo lattice is lined with motion sensors that cause the LED lights to change in color and intensity as people move around and through the pavilion. The students designed the pavilion using an array of digital and physical models. For the actual construction, they were assisted by local Macau craftsmen with expertise in bamboo structures. As a combination of advanced parametric software techniques with traditional construction methods and materials, the pavilion is intended to reinvigorate and extend the local building culture. At the same time, it responds to the local casino culture of iconic architectural forms and dynamic lighting effects that define Macau’s contemporary visual identity.
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Support provided by: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD), Traxon Technologies (Lighting), Wing Yick Scaffolders (Bamboo), Wings Design Production Ltd. (Fabric), Macau Foundation, Macau Tower.