December 1, 2012


The Welcome Pavilion

Inspiration #1: The Threshold

The threshold is important to the entrance of any structure or building. It is the user's/visitor's initial point of interaction with the building, which will begin to determine whether he/she will feel welcome.

Inspiration #2: The Triumphal Arch

The ancient romans used the triumphal arch to mark victories and returns from war. Once the soldiers and generals crossed under the arch, they would know that they were home. This not only marked personal victories but physically marked the territory.

Concept: Personal Aspects

Upon entering another person's home, the feeling of welcome comes from personal offerings, such as the offering of being part of the family. People generally feel comfortable and welcome once something personal is offered to them. therefore, the pavilion will showcase architectural offerings such as personal thoughts on architecture and projects.
Site: Masters Studio

Many people know the architecture building on campus but most people do not know about the Masters studio up on the fourth floor of Azrieli Pavilion. This is Roger's home and where he feels the most comfortable. Almost every person who enters the studio will use the elevator. Therefore, the Welcome Pavilion will be placed in front of the elevator. Roger will feel at home each time he passes through the pavilion and new visitors will be able to feel welcome to the world of architecture.
Design Reference: Calatrava Sculptures

The designers wanted to challenge the conventional  arch and analyzed the idea of the original arch's tension and compression. Calatrava was used as a reference because of his ability to showcase tension and compression through his artistic sculptures.

Design: Building Blocks

The design encompasses the idea of personal aspects as the "building blocks" of the arch as well as the idea of  tension and compression as the "glue". Therefore, the final design will showcase an arch made of boxes held up by tension wires. Glue and screws will be almost non existent in the structure because tension and compression will be holding up the pieces.

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