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The Elements

Year 3 Semester 2 - 2023

At the start of 2023, I upgraded my laptop, which meant I now had access to more advanced software. To challenge myself in learning how these worked, I decided to follow the brief of the Terra Viva Wildlife Competition.

My design interprets the brief's request for three pavilions to follow the three natural elements - Air, Water and Earth.

Air - The pavilion’s concept originated from the aerodynamic shape of a bird’s body, stretched to represent its flight, and delicately balanced on columns. The simplicity of this structure, located on the Central path, was purposefully aimed so that visitors’ attention is drawn to the surroundings. This is further emphasised by placing a series of poles in the water for diving birds to perch on, guiding the visitor’s eye further into the Lake.
Earth - Vernacular and traditional, this windowless pavilion doesn’t frame a view. Instead, it is home to multiple small screens, allowing the display of prerecorded and live footage from carefully placed, unintrusive cameras. As well as giving visitors a curated view of the Lake’s residents, it ensures that the creatures of Iseo cannot be disturbed. In terms of materiality, the pavilion is made of rammed earth with a thatch roof - this means birds have an opportune nest material and mice or bees can bury into the walls. Though guests may not see it, they are perhaps closest to the wildlife here.
Water - Gently floating on four metal columns, this minimally intrusive pavilion rises and falls throughout the seasons. Featuring a green roof and nest boxes, it uses tried and true methods to appeal to a variety of wildlife. Windows at a variety of levels, including one in the floor, ensure that all visitors can view all activities taking place around the pavilion.

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