Pavilion Symposium

December 4, 2014 in Exhibition, Lecture, Pavilion, Project, Symposium

The new pavilion is just about completed, just in time for the Symposium, the topic of which is:

Machinery and Human and Construction: Architecture in the Age of Cyborgs

If you are in Tokyo this weekend, please join us on Sunday December 7 from 13:00 to 18:00 at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Engineering Building 1 No. 15 lecture room.

Speakers include: Obuchi Yusuke (University of Tokyo professor), Matthias Kohler (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Professor ), Takeo Igarashi (University of Tokyo professor), Kengo Kuma (University of Tokyo Professor).

There will be a reception afterwards from 18:00-19:00.


For more details, refer to our lab’s other BLOG


Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt3: Completion

August 23, 2014 in Pavilion

We’ve been continuing to work on the new model.
The final hight is now 3 meters.

Pavilion 2014: Harmonograph

August 6, 2014 in Pavilion

If you’ve seen our videos, you might remember that our final pavilion form is generated from Harmonographic algorithms.

We made a harmonograph in our lab a few weeks ago, and we finally have photos to upload for that.

Pavilion 2014: 1 to 20 Model

August 5, 2014 in Pavilion

To test the final form of the pavilion, we’ve put together a quick massing model.

What do you think?

Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt2: Beginning

August 5, 2014 in Pavilion

Last week, we had scaffolding set up in our lab space.

After some troubleshooting with our scanning and projection software, we are finally ready to begin the actual construction of the new model. Here are some photos of the progress!

This model will be constructed from approximately 50-60 thousand sticks.

The sticks will be dropped into a base.

Projection system indicates position for distribution.

Scanning software tracking the construction progress.

Pavilion 2014: New Model Construction Pt1: Scaffolding

July 29, 2014 in Pavilion

We are getting ready to build our biggest mockup structure yet.

This morning some workers from the construction company came to our lab to help us set up the scaffolding for our model.



We also had some unexpected guests – a group of high school boys on a tour of Todai stopped by our lab for a brief introduction.


Pavilion 2014: Concept Video 1

July 27, 2014 in Pavilion

Here is a short trailer highlighting some of the background and concepts behind this year’s pavilion.

Pavilion 2014: Structural Testing

July 22, 2014 in Pavilion

To determine the structural properties of our stik material, we have had the help of Professor Sato’s lab.

Through the use of this vice-like machine, we can determine the compressive and tensile strengths of our material. This data can then be fed into our digital simulations.

Pavilion 2014: Construction Simulation

July 3, 2014 in Pavilion

Finished Model: 1.3m tall, 1.2m diameter

The construction material for the pavilion has changed from chopsticks to sticks of Japanese Cedar. This wood is very common in Japan. However, the Cedar trees have a 50 year lifespan, at the end of which, they must be harvested. However, much cedar is going to waste, since timber is cheaper to import. Our initiative is to utilize the scraps of leftover cedar in an attempt to reduce ecological waste within the local environment.

Distribution Device

In order to control the aggregation of sticks, we have developed a handheld device that will coat each stick in adhesive, before dispersing it. The device is powered by a motor, which will eventually be linked to the feedback scanning system.

Scanning-projector System

Integration with projector and scanning system allows us to detect the placement of sticks. As the model is being built, the scanning system will continuously feedback to the projector display.

Pavilion 2014: Construction Video 1

July 3, 2014 in Pavilion

Here is a video of the construction of a model of the 2014 Pavilion.