UNBUILT pavilion by Harvard GSD at Desig Miami

December 7th, 2015 by retail design blog

Situated at the entrance of Design Miami/, the UNBUILT pavilion stands as a welcoming beacon for visitors arriving into this year’s fair. Conceived by a team of five architecture students — Joanne Cheung, Jenny Shen, Steven Meyer, Doug Harsevoort, and Yiliu Shen-Burke from Harvard GSD — the competition winning proposal was selected earlier this year ahead of 31 other teams. The structure is defined by its metal frame, with a series of 200 unique models seamlessly integrated into the design. The pink color providing a vibrant contrast against the blue Miami sky.

The canopy of pink foam models are in fact composed of unused concepts submitted by students and alumni across the school’s built environment disciplines; from landscape architecture to urban planning. From afar, the pavilion visualizes as a scattered constellation and on approach, the detail of each model is emerges as visitors are consciously invited to look up and walk underneath. The project has inherently captured the meticulous, behind-the-scenes stages of the developmental process that every design student experiences, bringing to life the unseen, and celebrating it as a dynamic public installation.


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