City of Dreams Pavilion
 

The point of departure for The Switchgrass Project is the discovery of an architectural language emphasizing the urgency of ecological alarm, through the use of form, materials and tectonics, which forcefully highlights two vital principles of sustainable design: biodegradable production and carbon footprint reduction. 

The search criteria for the main material is its abundance in urban settings, recyclability, biodegradability, processability and its lightweight, which brings us straight to cardboard boxes. The selection of laminated cardboard panels as skin makes further sense for its ease of assembly and attachment to a structure, its gradual decay under the elements and, with additional layering, its possibility of providing an engineered growth mat for vegetation where our second concept comes in: carbon footprint reduction.

The search criteria for the main material is its abundance in urban settings, recyclability, biodegradability, processability and its lightweight, which brings us straight to cardboard boxes. The selection of laminated cardboard panels as skin makes further sense for its ease of assembly and attachment to a structure, its gradual decay under the elements and, with additional layering, its possibility of providing an engineered growth mat for vegetation where our second concept comes in: carbon footprint reduction.

Design principal

Selim Vural, AIA

Project team

Aslihan Kazanci

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