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Sand pavillion

architecture

February 2014

Small Oerol pavillion made of reused sailing cloth. This paviliion uses a scaffolding structure which is cladded with sail cloth bags filled with sand.

You can bring a lot of materials to the beach in order to build, but why not use the material that is already there? This paviliion uses a structure made of scaffolding tubes which is cladded with sail cloth bags filled with sand.

This studio was done in collaboration with the Oeral Festival on Terschelling and Rijkswaterstaat. Beach improvement and raised awareness of the Netherlands’ coastal defence were the set goals. In a team of three a rough concept was improved into a suitable design. This design was then tested with working prototypes of the building system.

Together we designed a system in order to process sailing cloth into panels for this pavillion. These panels will be filled with beach sand to give thermal mass to the building. During autumn the pavillion will be deconstructed leaving the sand at the beach, store the sailing cloth panels and return the scaffolding construction to the rental company. Several sustainable concepts were combined: recycle, re-use and local materials.

Project location + facades, floor plan, elevations

Project location + facades, floor plan, elevations

Section of total building, explaning the grand height of 26 metres.

Section of total building, explaning the grand height of 26 metres.

Conceptual sketches and first prototypes for making the facade panels.

Conceptual sketches and first prototypes for making the facade panels.

Part of the building guide and the cutting patterns, put out by Grasshopper.

Part of the building guide and the cutting patterns, put out by Grasshopper.

Final prototype at 1:2 scale.

Final prototype at 1:2 scale.


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