Within a competitive pool, the PNEUMA Shell was selected to be showcased at the Brooklyn Museum as archived by BROOKLYN DESIGNS 2018 Exhibitions. The same project was also selected to be displayed at Pratt Shows 2018.
The project, curated for Masters OF science and Technology in Architecture at Pratt Institute, NY, is based on the concept of ANTHROPOCENE, where in non human centered structures are visualized.
The pavilion thus designed, arrives at its form by using environmental forces such as water and air pressure, as against standard building materials of brick and stone.
The process articulation for the Pavilion started with a series of experiments conducted on various frames, created with a copper wire. The material gave it enough flexibility to bend and twist but at the same time, provided strength.
The idea is to create an inner sphere comprising of frame work which would extend out to an external shell. The inner dome is essentially designed to be hollow with an intention to create a habitable space.
The outer shell is meant to be minimal in its nature. It is meant to encapsulate the balloons. Additional pressure points are created on the periphery of the inner dome which exaggerate the already inflated balloons.
As imagined at a full scale on OMI Arts center site, the pavilion will be made in 2″ diameter hollow aluminum pipe frame which will be covered by inflated 8 feet diameter Latex Weather balloons. Source and images Courtesy of Pratik Jadhav.
Article by Marco Rinaldi