The Pinwheel Pavilion is the winning entry of the ArchTriumph’s Triumph Pavilion 2016: “Energy Pavilion” Competition. We took the opportunity to interpret energy as a concept of the contribution of a single individual affecting a community and contributing to the force that drives a global city such as London. Being in one of the most culturally infused cities, this project is designed to engage the community and explore the potential energy that a single action triggers. Extrapolating this concept to the wider community, it supports the belief that people, regardless of race, gender, beliefs, identity, or age, are the most prominent force that propels London’s prosperity. The individual is the single component that triggers the grander action.
What we’ll do:
- Start assembly of pavilion 3 days before launching
- Creating a 8m X8m X3m pavilion with enjoyable space within the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green London ·
- Incorporate wheelchair and pushchair ramp for better access
- Provide seating area within the pavilion for visitors to relax and enjoy the space
- Design and provide a board listing the contributors, donors and sponsors
- Provide free access for all visitors and the local community to touch, spin, and walk through the pavilion!
Why it’s a great idea:
The proposal has been granted support by the local governments culture department and the Museum to be exhibited for a month in the Museum Gardens next the V&A Museum of Childhood in London Bethnal Green from early June. The exhibition also coincides with the month long London Festival of Architecture. The location inspired us to create a concept base on the classic children’s’ toy, the pinwheel. The pavilion is essentially made up of a catalogue of mills upheld by a forest of pillars. Each wheel is systematically aligned; a push of a single wheel triggers the adjacent, and so on, spinning each subsequent wheel. The structure is accessible and open for use by the public for free during Museum Gardens opening hours.
How we’ll get it done:
- Five Line Projects Design and Research Office will be key designers in developing the pavilion
- Along with ArchTriumph, the organisers and curators providing administrative and management consultation
- Working with ARUP engineers, one of the sponsors, to ensure the feasibility and safety of the structure
- 1:1 trial partial model to test technical aspect of the structure
At the moment we are reaching out to other forward-thinking organisations that share our values to contribute to the realisation of this unique project, what is, at its heart, a big architectural toy! However, it is one with a valuables statement and message on community. We thought that the Spacehive community is not only a great start to fund part of our project but also to initiate community involvement to further emphasise the influence of a singular energy on the collective force! Anyone who participates in this crowd funding campaign helps us move one step closer to a chain reaction of a one thousand nine hundred spinning pin wheels, or “individuals,” driving London forward and cities like it.