Sh*t Load of Tubes Pavilion

Client: Art in the Open 2015
Size: 75sf
Cost: $100

In sourcing material for this year’s recyclable installation for Art in the Open festival, we found that the paper tubes used in the transportation of carpet and flooring were readily available. Drawing on the strength of paper tubes in a vertical orientation, we studied the architectural potential of the paper tubes’ cross-section. The roof structure was design as an irregular grid with multiple 6” paper tubes placed upright and joined as a single surface. This surface was built in four modules for easy displacement and assembly on the site. The pavilion’s curved walls were constructed out of rhythmically spaced 8’ carpet tubes.

The pavilion’s serpentine plan evolved from its siting and the relationship of two adjacent trees in the park. Entry to the pavilion is expressed as a narrow corridor that expands to the scale of an intimate room with a seat. The curvature of the walls gently directs users and differentiates the qualities of the space.

The Sh*t Load of Tubes Pavilion is BGHJ’s second paper structure and a furtherance of the firm’s exploration of this strong, light, and inexpensive building material. The project was featured on the architecture website Next_Top_Architects.

The re-Gram from Next_Top_Architects
Setting up for assembly
Preparing the tools and materials
Cutting the paper tubes to size
Laying out the roof
Column assembly
Raising the roof
The fully assembled pavilion
The form of the pavilion responding to the push/pull of the site
Meandering procession
Perforations of the roof
A dematerializing ceiling
A moment for repos
Bench assembly
An object of curiosity
A space for play
Documenting the space
The lighting effects of ceiling
The room
The pavilion on site
Late afternoon light