SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion, designed by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S has finally served its primary purpose – after being built this spring, it hosted the graduation ceremony in Los Angeles. The winning entry aimed to fully exploit what its architects recognized as the most fundamental aspect of the project – the temporal use of the pavilion as a large outdoor event space. Immediately after the purpose has been met, the temporary pavilion usually faces the problem of eventual dissembling or transformation from a space of spectacle to an abandoned venue. The architects at the P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S therefore strongly believed that, if executed correctly, the pavilion could activate a node within the downtown area.
Due to its location, at the corner of 4th and Merric Street, the pavilion is given the possibility of double life – as an outdoor public event space and a formal landmark that assures school’s institutional presence in downtown Los Angeles. As the requirement was to produce enough shadow during the early and late afternoon hours, the pavilion is developed vertically which created comfort zones, sheltered from the sun. Read the rest of this entry »