Designed, fabricated and assembled by Brennan Buck's students at Yale, the 'Assembly One' pavilion is the younger, more carefree sister to Yale's building project - the 40-year old tradition in which first-year students design and build a house. Designed as the information center for New Haven’s summer International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the pavilion was developed with several characteristics in mind:
Dynamism: the structure is suited to a performance festival - solid and massive from one angle, lightweight and almost entirely porous from another, it alternately hides and reveals its contents.
Visual Transparency: Constructed from thin aluminum sheets, the pavilion opens up on two sides for ventilation and security, focusing views toward the festival’s main stage.
Visual Density: over 1000 panels create shifting effects of reflection and color as visitors move around the pavilion, creating less of a timeless image of shelter than an unstable, engaging heart of the festival.
The Festival Pavilion was designed and built by:
David Bench, Zac Heaps, Jacqueline Ho, Eric Zahn (project founders)
Jacqueline Ho, Amy Mielke (project managers)
John Taylor Bachman, Nicholas Hunt, Seema Kairam, John Lacy, Veer Nanavatty (design & fabrication),
Rob Bundy, Raven Hardison, Matt Hettler (design)
Faculty advisor Brennan Buck
Assistant: Teoman Ayas
Consultant: Matthew Clark of Arup, New York