Two projects by Iowa State University College of Design students have been named to ArchDaily’s list of “The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016.” The online publication chose “TwoXTwo,” a project by nearly 80 second-year architecture students, and “Flux Pavilion” for the 80/35 Music Festival, by 16 undergraduate and graduate architecture, industrial design and interior design students, among 36 top student-built projects from 20 countries.
Architects at OPN guided the Fabrications Potentials Studio at Iowa State University’s School of Design on a semester- long endeavor to conceptualize, design and fabricate an interactive, pop-up pavilion to be used at the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines in July.
Fabricating Potentials Studio is a design build studio offered to fourth and fifth year design students at Iowa State. Using plywood, Tyvek, LED lighting, the pavilion provides areas for seating as well as visitor interaction by way of hallways and motion censored projection mapping. The team chronicled their process on a blog.
The pavilion will debut at the 80/35 Festival on July 8 and 9 in the heart of downtown Des Moines at Western Gateway Park. In it’s ninth year, the festival has grown to three stages and more than 40 acts. Organized by the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition, 80/35 was founded in 2008 with the vision to spark growth in the city’s live music economy — to think outside the box to further enhance a creative, vibrant culture.
According to Iowa State News Services, Flux Pavilion will be located across 13th Street near Proof restaurant, in the festival’s free public area outside the paid gates. Whether passing through the pavilion or walking around it, festivalgoers will be greeted by an array of hundreds of tiny lights. With each step taken, the lights mimic each visitor’s movement. When the surrounding music changes tempo, the lights join in rhythm.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 8. Doyle and the students who designed Flux Pavilion will be on site to greet visitors and answer questions.
After the festival, the pavilion modules will be donated as part of a kit including instruction manuals to central Iowa high schools for use as teaching tools in technology classes.
For more information about the design process, go to the Iowa State News Services website.