Develop a design through the serialization and reorientation of an architectural cell.


Architectural cell is composed of masses and planes to regulate movement, light, and view.


the architectural cell

The initial cell is developed by assigning roles to the architectural elements of mass and plane. Masses regulate movement within a space by using its strong association with the earth to create visual anchors and cause inflection. Planes frame views and regulate light through their perceptual lightness.

the cell serialized

The serialization of the architectural cell is organized around a central space to permit continuous movement throughout the design, rather than having a linear procession with a predetermined end.

the abstracted whole

The serialized cell is abstracted into a refined whole by using environmental elements — earth, air, and water — to provide an experiential focus for each space that was created. The resulting vignettes divide the pavilion into four distinct spaces:

The Water Hall
Cantilevered hall with visual focus on the reflecting surface of water.

The Earth Porch
Grounded space anchored by masses and a cantilevered roof that frames the landscape.

The Air Den
Resting space lit from above with a view toward the horizon.

The Center
Open courtyard where the movement of earth, reflection of water, and light of the sun meet.

a house of the elements

Functions are given to spaces and masses to transform the pavilion into a livable home:

The Water Hall – living and dining room
The Earth Porch – kitchen
The Air Den – bedroom

The Center is left as an open courtyard to the elements. The addition of occupational requirements results in further refinement of the design into its final composition.