Saturday, October 6, 2012

Active tissue building to celebrate ingenuity

 Remarkable architecture is testament to the ingenuity and imagination of today’s designers. A beautiful edifice stands proud against the skyline as one of the landmarks of the technology age. Re:con:active Tissue is an pioneering endeavor in building design. This pavilion utilizes the most important properties of vinyl, durability and longevity, to create a strong concept, wherein the structure is reactive. It is based on the ideas of local Toronto architect and thinker Philip Beesley, who demonstrated in experimental exhibits how modern technology can infuse contemporary architecture with the ability to be responsive to its surrounding and an internal stimulus.
In the spring and summer season, the structure is more focused on offering good ventilation, but tilts at the best angle to prevent excessive entry of sunlight. In harsh winters, the vinyl fabric fibers that are part of the main canopy system can close to prevent the escape of heat while a double-layered vinyl curtain can be lowered over the openings.
To brighten the nights at the Pan Am Games and increase the intensity of the fun, LEDS are embedded in the double-layered panel of vinyl canopy over the stage. Moreover, motion and audio sensors are also included to understand the activity on the stage and activate the customized light show accordingly. The stage at the Pan Am Games will feature an impressive light show that is synchronized to the event in action.
The innovation of the design is amplified by the presence of vinyl products in the shape of translucent sound barriers placed in prominent locations. Some of these panels built underneath the elevated sculpture reflect light from the nearby cars and trains, producing a likable light show that is visible throughout the site.
The entire structure will involve sustainable practices: the use of recycled wood, reuse of excavated soil, permeable pavers, fly ash concrete and vinyl bought locally.
The pavilion is a showcase of vinyl’s durability and longevity as well as an expression of creative genius. The project was awarded 2nd place in the international 2011 AIAS Vinyl competition, and was highlighted in the Fall 2011 issue of Crit Magazine.

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