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The following document addresses the design logic, ambient effect and sustainability of the proposed pavilion structure as the entry into the Structures of Freedom competition accompanying Sziget Festival 2017. 


Modularity and Ease of Assembly 

We propose a solution that not only shows sensitivity to time constraints, but also produces an engaging structure for the festival-goers to enjoy. 

The design logic follows a generative approach to creating massing algorithmically and adjusting the results manually so as to achieve a desired aesthetic effect. A modular system therefore proves appropriate in this case, both in design and assembly/pre-fabrication that can be done off-site. By choosing a truncated octahedron we have opted for a space-filling strategy that enables us to create various spatial effects, but by further modifying it, we also create opportunities to address other design problems on a more detailed level. 

This variation introduced at the level of the component (slicing it into parts as well as using a full truncated octahedron) enables us to design around problems of seating comfort, ease of movement and aesthetics of the final product. 


Lighting as a Unifying Effect 

Where lightning is concerned, our approach introduces an additional layer of design complexity that observes our structure as a whole, rather than just a kit-of-parts fused together. 

By reassessing the entirety of the structure the quickest paths along the frame are chosen algorithmically to layout electrical wires that will distribute power to lighting elements embedded inside the wood panels which shine through the opening that indicate these pathways as visual cues on the panels themselves. 

The pavilion therefore responds to the changing lighting effects of the nearby stages by following suit in lighting up during the evening. This intervention changes the user perception of the structure based on the time of day offering a different experience that follows the more relaxed sets in daytime and more emotionally charged night-time headlining sets. 


Pavilion Life-Cycle and Repurposing for Further Use 

Where recyclability is concerned we have opted to address this requirement by proposing an alternative life cycle to our proposal. Instead of scraping the whole structure after the festival is finished, we propose the structure is disassembled into smaller component parts which can continue to be of further utility thereby lengthening their cycle of use. 

The possible scenarios available include street furniture in form of lighting and seating that can be installed elsewhere in Budapest’s ample public space or even a possibility that certain festival goers are able to receive “takeaway” home furniture based on a lottery once the festival is finished. The way in which winners are chosen is to be at the discretion of the festival organizers. 

We feel that this creates not only a more sustainable, but also a more sensitive approach to how design engages the problems of recyclability. Rather than observing the craft and time needed to produce the pavilion as an object as something that is expendable, we propose to repurpose this work in order to give it an additional stage in its life cycle, instead of simply reverting the whole structure into raw material. 

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