Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

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Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

Michigan architects Synecdoche stacked up timber offcuts to construct this pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia, held together by gravity alone.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

Called Edge Condition Pavilion, the tower weighing two and a half tons is tied to the ground by cables for safety.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

The hardwood rods are the only material used and will be recycled when the pavilion is dismantled.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

The design won first place in a competition run by Young Architects Forum of Atlanta, who funded its construction.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

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Here are some more details from architects Lisa Sauve and Adam Smith:


Edge Condition

Utilizing a by-product material as a means of invoking the temporary pavilion with a temporary material wood edges cut from hardwood boards give a standardized object to build upon creating a field in which to inhabit.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

By operating on the edge of definitive material, neither board nor wood chip, the wood edge becomes the temporal object between two phases.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

In the same light the pavilion offers the capacity to be an edge condition of construction. The methodical mode of stacking and maneuvering the edges is in itself on the edge of a mode of construction.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

The flat stacking method gives way to opportunities for expansion and contraction of the volume between the material.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

The variable of stacking techniques allow for light to move into the pavilion only through the spaces between the edges transforming the edge condition into an ephemeral effect.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

The standardized one inch thick wood edge and weight of the hardwood compress the stack into a inhabitable nest stabilized by its dimension and assembly.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

While dis-assembly is the reverse operation, the disposal of the material is a process of returning the wood edges to the hardwood mill as to re enter the recycling process that would otherwise take place.

Edge Condition Pavilion by Synecdoche

Sponsors: wood edges donated by Hardwoods of Michigan in Clinton, Michigan. Young Architects Forum of Atlanta, Octane Coffee Bar, AIA Atlanta, Modern Atlanta

Ann Arbor crew: Christopher Holzwart, Mary O’Malley, Sarah Petri, Kyle Shobe, Robert Yuen

Atlanta crew: Emily Bacher, Keith Brockman, Jason Diehl, Adam Glenn, Nathan Koskovich, Carolina Montilla

  • Carolina Jm

    Sounds like an invitation to play a giant game of Jenga!

  • sackthi

    I don’t to understand the innovation and design in this pavilion. Nether do I see any skill involved in this.

    • felix

      yeah agreed

  • hester

    Check out Aeneas Wilder, http://www.aeneaswilder.co.uk/exhibitions.html . That's real skill…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mochi1984 Mochi Liu

    A strong Great Bowerbird can build the same thing!

  • Maggie

    interesting design- but why this site? it does nothing for the form. The site is distracting and chaotic for the piece.- how about some interior photographs?

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    It does remind me of a huge jenga project! Pretty cool though, I would also like to see interior photographs; the renderings from the interior look intriguing but I would be interested in knowing if that same atmosphere was accomplished in the actual built structure.

  • Kent

    better in person. plus one of the criteria is that the intervention had to be up one day and down the next.

  • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

    Nicely organized chaos… It's cool and unpretentious…

  • Krisztina

    Zumthor reloaded on a smaller scale?

  • Guest

    Perfect summary of the jenga: when I saw the orriginal project in Ann Arbor, it had a robin nesting in between the wall slats, one that angrily attached me and a guest as we neared it. I suppose it makes for some neat up-close photographs, but other stuff with the same idea (from the same school even) does a much better job of design with scrap material: http://vimeo.com/16383750