casey servis|PORTFOLIO






about me


casey servis


photograph of model
Final Presentation Boards
This travelling art pavilion was the third of three projects during the fall semester of my second year of graduate school. The studio was focused on parametric design using the Grasshopper plugin for Rhinoceros. The program for the traveling art pavilion was fairly straightforward, which allowed for the focus to be on the formal qualities of the space and how they could be parametrically controlled. My design focused on fabric architecture and looked at two distinct systems within the same framework. The flexibility and simplicity of these systems allowed for the pavilion to be rearranged in different configurations at the various sites specified around the world.
floor plan
Pavilion Floor Plan

The layout of the pavilion focused on a central rectangular gallery space. This gallery held the majority of the artwork, which could be rearranged within the open plan to allow for larger gatherings and lectures. The two wings, which connect the raised main gallery floor to the surrounding park, house the main entrance in one wing and the coffeeshop in the other.

photograph of model
V-Ray Rendering of Rhinoceros Model
The entire pavilion's structure is a simple modular steel tube grid. In the main gallery, this grid is enclosed by two skins of translucent fabric. In between these two skins, a series of adjustable louvers can be opened and closed to let in varying amounts of light depending on the time of day and particular artwork in any given section of the gallery. When closed, the louvers lets in minimal light and the interior skin is perfectly flat so that videos can be projected directly onto the fabric. However, when the louvers are opened, they protrude past the plane of the fabric skins, therefore deforming the envelope of the gallery. The deformation varies depending on the angle of the louvers.
V-Ray Rendering of Rhinoceros Model

The two wing galleries are supported by the same simple steel tube structural grid, however, they are enclosed by an organic single-skinned fabric structure that is hung within the steel frame. The fabric skin of the wings is opaque allowing for a more direct light source, either from the exterior during the day, or the interior at night.