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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Radius Transformation Pavilion by Michael Jantzen

 
February 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Michael Jantzen

The Radius Transformation Pavilion is an experimental, interactive, public architecture, which explores new ways in which to manipulate the shape of a large structure, in order to accommodate the changing needs and/or desires of those who encounter it.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

  • Architects: Michael Jantzen
  • Project: The Radius Transformation Pavilion
  • Status: Unbuilt

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

The light weight steel structure is formed from six wedge shaped curved segments that can be rotated in any direction around a center support column. Each of theses segments vary in size, and each have rubber wheels mounted under the portion of the segment that is on the opposite side of the center support column.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

The rubber wheels allow visitors to easily push each of the segments around the center support column. As the different segments are rotated around the column, many different kinds of spaces can be formed, dissipated, and reformed. Some of these spaces can become completely enclosed, if certain segments are appropriately aligned. Other spaces can be created that are totally open, and others that are somewhere in-between.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Large openings are formed into the segments in order to manipulate the ways in which natural daylight interacts with the changing spatial configurations. The structure is also artificially lit at night, and the lights are powered by a large solar cell array, which is mounted on the top of the center support column. In addition, each of the six segments have large benches built into them, for the comfort of the visitors.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

The Radius Transformation Pavilion is one in a series of my design experiments that explore a new kind interactive architecture, which is not frozen into one space and time. I believe that this approach to architectural design is more advanced, and more appropriate for todays ever changing interactive world.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

The segments of the Radius Transformation Pavilion could also become enclosed spaces with flexible passageways between them. In this way, the pavilion could become a house, and/or take on other functions as well.

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen

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