Yale Assembly Two Pavilion
This year’s Assembly Pavilion is a mobile pop-up structure appearing in different New Haven neighborhoods and on the green for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The pavilion collects storycore-like audio recordings from each neighborhood and plays them back in a series of interconnected domes. Designed, fabricated and built by Yale School of Architecture students, the composite foam and fiberglass structure is extremely lightweight; it can be stacked up in a single truck for delivery and installed on site in under an hour.
Our project is a form finding study based on curved folding, investigated through series of physical models. When folded, paper is object-like. Unfolded paper, with its creases, obtains the quality of a field. The object generates the field, and the field responds to the object varying in density, curvature, direction, concentration, and diffusion. By gradually unfolding the object, we begin to blur the distinction between object and field. The object and the field begin to merge.
When multiple objects come together, they generate a larger field. We investigate composition strategies such as adjacency, relative position, and topography, in response to the changing datum of the water level. In this process, folding lines become further defined in response to constraints provided by site and program. We also develop an interior partition strategy for these large-scale shells based on tensile membranes, here used as a flexible method for define intimate spaces.