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Our design for the 2016 Arch Triumph Energy Pavilion creates a dynamic focal point to the gardens and showcases energy-generation achieved through piezoelectricity, which converts pressure into an electric charge. The structure is shaped to echo the outline of the Museum Gardens site. The points of the diamond shape are oriented toward the main entrances to the park, and the diagonal divisioning of the panels draws visitors in and around the structure, which is configured as a torus. The curving panelized wall angles up to reveal an interior space lined in brightly colored metal panels. Visitors are encouraged to touch the pavilion to generate pressure-generated energy. Pushing on the panels of the structure and plucking the metal chords along the perimeter compresses sensors that will send electric currents that light up areas of the pavilion. The panels are clipped onto a structure of plywood ribs with polycarbonate struts. Apertures in the thick wall of the pavilion are lined with sheet metal to reflect light and color. Lights embedded in the apertures and in the edge of the projecting overhang will glow when the pavilion is touched, attracting the attention of passers-by especially on overcast days.

Design: Barker Freeman Design Office Architects


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