SCI-Arc Pavilions

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, 2011-2013

Oyler Wu Collaborative

Every spring SCI-Arc selects a faculty member, along with students, to design a pavilion for their graduation ceremony. In 2011, Oyler Wu Collaborative and Nous designed a pavilion constructed of a steel frame along with 40,000 linear feet of rope that was knitted to create an intricate canopy. In 2012 and 2013 the same team was selected to re-imagine and redesign the Graduate Pavilion. The progression of three projects allowed for a thorough exploration of structure and form within a specific vocabulary of architectural components. The third and final installation, “Storm Cloud” was an exciting departure because it relied on the same structural frame as the first installation but pushed the finished formal qualities in a radical new direction.

  • KEY FEATURES
  • Structural optimization
  • Long-span light-weight steel tube trusses
  • Form-finding for membrane structures
  • Intensely collaborative design approach involved countless iterations between computation, physical modeling and digital modeling.
  • SERVICES
  • Structural Engineering
  • 1. NETSCAPE
  • Consisting of 45,000 linear feet of knitted rope; 6,000 linear feet of tube steel; and 3,000 square feet of fabric shade louvers, the pavilion creates a sail-like canopy of rope and fabric that floats above the audience. The fabric louvers are angled toward the western sky to provide shade for the specific date and time of the SCI-ARC graduation ceremony.

"The progression of three projects allowed for a thorough exploration of structure and form within a specific vocabulary of architectural components."
- Dwayne Oyler

2. CENTER STAGE
The structure is a series of steel tubes that “evolve geometrically from stage and bleacher supports into a twisting, repetitions frame that hovers over the stage.” The canopy of Centerstage plays off the repetitious structural elements of the existing pavilion, this time combining an ambitious steel cantilever with a color twisting shade fabric.

3. STORM CLOUD
SCI-Arc 40th Anniversary Pavilion, 2013 Storm cloud is the third project in a series of installations designed for SCI-ARC. Oyler Wu Collaborative used the project as an opportunity to revamp the existing Netscape pavilion. By removing the ten miles of knitted ropes that once hung between the steel trusses, and adding minimal amount of new steel elements and cable supports, tensioned spandex fabric transformed the structure volumetrically and materially.