BUILDing Forward, an upcoming event at the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) sponsored by AutoDesk, will focus on “the innovation around ‘making’ in the building and infrastructure industries–both material fabrication and larger construction.” The event will feature a preview of the Sasaki-designed WinterLight Pavilion, which will be installed and on display in Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway from December 2017 through March 2018.
The Greenway WinterLight Pavilion will be a place-making, partially-enclosed, site-specific structure located on the Greenway in front of Rowe’s Wharf near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and High Street. Loosely defined as a conceptual urban winter “warming hut” or “glowing igloo,” the installation will serve as an inviting, responsive, and dynamic public art piece. The uses of this installation will range from an intimate meeting place, to social gathering space and wintertime venue for public events and performances.
Constructed of hexagonal concrete modules, the porous structure shields from prevailing winds, becoming increasingly open as it faces toward the sun. During the day, this airy structure will be designed to take full advantage of the limited winter daylight, serving as both a solar-energy collector and dynamic shadow caster. At night the structure literally glows in the dark—as modules embedded with glow-in-the-dark aggregate emit light they harvest from the sun over the course of the day. The structure will surround a fire pit that will serve to activate the space at all hours.
Together in partnership with the Autodesk BUILDspace, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Studio NYL Structural Engineers, Klimaat Consulting and Innovation, Tocci Construction, and PennState University, this project represents Sasaki’s commitment to community involvement, cultural placemaking, creative problem-solving, and collective research and development.
The opening reception will be hosted at the BSA on Thursday, July 27, at 6:00 pm. Stop by the BSA Space to see exhibition boards detailing the design and fabrication of the pavilion, which will be on display until October 6. More information can be found here.