Frsh Pavilion

Students Handcraft Tessellated Geometry

As part of the 9-day highly-experimental Architectural Association’s Beijing Visiting School, students of all backgrounds sharing an inspiring eagerness to actively shape the future of architecture were asked to design and manufacture an articulated architectural artefact.

The Frsh pavilion appears to result from a series of explorations addressing alternative approaches, techniques and methodologies in the arts and applied sciences realm.

Following an introductory stage of conceptual, technical and critical experimentations – at the end of which students presented preliminary design proposals – the intensive workshop held at Tsinghua University culminated in the production of a prototypical construction system, applicable to the outcome with the most potential.

‘The installation was generated using digital, force-based analysis simulations, which resulted in compression and tension based morphologies. While meeting all the programmatic and spatial requirements of its context, the surfaces are combined so as to constitute the prime structural system.’