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JAV101: How to Design Almost Anything

These images were created by undergraduate architecture students for "JAV101: How to Design Almost Anything." Each student was asked to design a pavilion to house a specific work of art by a well-known artist.

Rory Marks

Rory's pavilion is designed to house Beam, a work by artist Ryuji Nakamura.

"The grand size of the structure is intended to obstruct people's views of their surroundings," Rory writes. "This is embodied in the material selection of a large concrete mass. The corridors intersect at a right angle, imitating the intersecting of two beams converging to form the final work."

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)


Giacomo D'Andrea

This pavilion is intended to house Atlan, a work by James Turrell. "My goal was to create a serene environment in which the audience can both reflect on Turrell's work and escape from the busy world that surrounds it," Giacomo writes.

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)


Yichen Zhang

The basis for this pavilion is Cigarette, a sculpture by Tony Smith. "The pavilion maintains a consistency in its materials in order to blend in with the sculpture, using stainless steel with a dark silver-grey finish," Yichen writes.

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)


Kexin Qiao

This pavilion is inspired by the work of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. "Ai Weiwei's artwork often consists of many single units made of traditional Chinese material," Kexin writes. "So I chose 'beam' as my single unit. Then it occurred to me that I can use a Chinese mortise and tenon joint structure to connect those units."

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)


David Siddall

David's pavilion is meant to house The Y, a delicate, hanging mobile by Alexander Calder. "Calder's meticulous craftsmanship to create a perfectly balanced artwork encouraged me to incorporate the idea of balance into my structure, David writes. "It is a singular, free-standing form that varies in height, though the bench heights remain the same."

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)


Luca Patrick

Luca's pavilion is designed to house Splotch 15, a sculpture by Sol LeWitt. Luca writes: "I thought that integrating the sculpture's playfulness into the function of the pavilion would be appropriate, given the space of Kensington Market, which is why I decided to create a play structure. By playing with colour and movement, I was able to create a space that feels both playful and appropriate."

(Instructor: Marcin Kedzior)