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.
This design strategy transforms compact, residential spaces on a narrow lot into a spacious, illuminated and comfortable domestic space. The building’s core is governed by the minimum requirement for a hallway and bedroom. After storage, bathroom and mechanical units are plugged in to this core, walls then expand if a room needs more space. As these rooms adjust, windows can be placed on these nooks to allow light in from all sides if necessary, mediating views in and out of the house. Although this residence is catered to the sliver lot, this design method can easily be adapted to diverse site contexts and constraints.