Have you ever wondered if you can knit and braid a building and if it could be lightweight as air? The myThread Pavilion by Jenny Sabin was commissioned by Nike Inc. for the International Nike FlyKnit Collective due to its innovative concept which works on the edge between art, architecture, design and science. Fusions of science, art and technology open the door to new ways of thinking about structure and the relationship of the body to technology, while bio architecture and digital architecture deliver solutions, new understandings, new forms and a way for mathematics and generative systems to investigate the complexities of natural form and internal geometries.
Sabin states that she is very interested in probing the human body as a bio-dynamic model that can give us new ways of thinking about issues of performance and adaptation at an architectural scale. In her own words, performance, lightness, formfitting, sustainability become immediately relevant in terms of what we are doing. The body in motion — pure performance itself — is the starting point of Sabin’s New York collaboration for this project.
The myThread Pavilion has a harder outside construction and softer, organic inner material. Composed of adaptive knitted, solar active, reflective photo luminescent threads and a steel cable net holding hundreds of aluminum rings, the simplicity of knitted geometries meets the complexity of a body in motion. An inner structure of soft textile based whole garment knit elements absorbs, collects and delivers light as the materials react to the presence of people. Very important fact is that this installation’s adaptable sensitivity and flexibility mirrors the human form. It is its own environment, its own community and its own energy.