- Project Info
Location: Edgerton Park, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Constructor: QASTIC Lab
Designer & Team Leader: Mahdi Alibakhshian
Design And Fabrication Team: Ali Sadeghian, Reza Zia, Ahmad Jamei, Carlos Bugatti, Delara Zarrinabadi, Lili Saliani
Design & Fabrication Consultants: Nathaniel Hadley, Mohamad Reza Mojahedi
Client: Jahangir Mohamadzadeh
Exhibition Period: July 2013
Photographs: Net Martin and Brian Lapola
Making use of the method of reversing load bearing systems, the form of the pavilion is defined by geometrically precise formwork that is then fabricated with randomly varying edges both for the horizontal balloon and the PVC pipes on the ground to allow for varied functions at different heights, climates and locations. Since the surrounding environment and microclimate fluctuate in every 24 hours cycle, our studies found that the floating pavilion will experience many buoyant conditions which are unique however steady.
Metaphorically, Floatastic envisioned to be a surrealistic and breathtaking imitation of the Jellyfish that appear alive and tries to swim against the external forces in the water. However, rather than being in the water, Floatastic questions its audiences to unconsciously know if they are floating in the sea or on the ground.