Architects use pavilions as a way to test out new ideas and explore possibilities. Blaine discussed this in 0ur project brief as “small scale-temporary structures that are often unconditioned and some do not eve provide shelter, pavilions are model platforms for exploration, unencumbered by many of the restrictions placed on buildings.” They are a way of testing new materials, material application, structure, and theories.
Ben Van Berkel tested material applications in the design of the New Amsterdam Pavilion in Peter Minuit Plaza. Looking at the innovative design of the pavilions, “simple materials” are not the first thing that comes to mind, but as archdaily describes the project as “constructed from simple materials, namely wood, steel and glass, the pavilion’s form experiments with how surfaces can morph into a continuous series of walls, ceilings and floors.” By using this pavilion as a base for testing new ways to use common building materials the possibilities are larger by using material application to construct something organic-looking and out of the ordinary.
Material application is not the only thing that can be tested in pavilions, they are used for different theories and some are not even inhabitable such as the Wind Shaped Pavilion by Micheal Jantsen and the Aeolus Acoustic Pavilion by Luke Jerram. They take different ideas about wind and try to incorporate it into architecture. The Wind Shaped Pavilion is designed to act as a lightweight structure that would move with the wind creating an ever-changing shape.
Luke Jerram takes a different approach to incorporating wind into the design of the Acoustic Pavilion by testing out how a structure can become an instrument. The pavilion captures the melodies of wind through a dome of tubes and when the wind blows over them, it creates a musical effect.
By using pavilions as a tool for exploration, many different aspects can be tested through a small-scale design such as materials, structures, and environmental theories. The importances of pavilions becomes crucial as a way of modeling an idea through a structure that serves as a real-life model.