Jewish Pavilion Architectural & Garden Design: Spain 2017

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Conceptual Philosophy and Images

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The pavilion from the air showing the strong arrangement around the Star of David by day.

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And by night with the lighting focused on the three dynamic sculptures.

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There are three entrances to the pavilion and the sequential journey to each one us directed by the maze, while on entry one of the three exterior dynamic sculptures is enframed by a ‘claire voie’.

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At night the fire sculpture adds additional emotive illumination to its exterior seating space.

This pavilion is a centre point in a Jewish community remembrance garden.  The ‘sense of place’ is the hallmark of any good landscape design, and for the ‘sense of place’ to be present three overlapping components must be present: practical functionality, appropriate physical attributes, and the elusive component of meaning.

A strong ‘sense of place’ has been created in the architectural design of the pavilion which is founded on the form of the Star of David, or David’s Shield as it is sometimes called, with the six sided hexagon being the major structural template.  Physical materials are in keeping with the climate.  Functionally the pavilion is a place to come and reflect, to mourn and to remember.  By the incorporation of Jewish metaphor into the design deep meaning has been injected.

Six is an important number in Jewish thought because all created materials are considered to essentially have six sides and we can move through six directions in the material world.  The pavilion has six support pillars in stone and six walls three of which extend outwards into the triangles of the Star of David creating three entrances and exits.  The three walls that extend outwards each have a hexagonal Claire Voie that enframes three contemporary sculptures  The three remaining walls are mirror walls that create an amazing illusion in conjunction with the architecture to connote an interior space with greater dimensions.

Each of the three sculptures demonstrate the three elements of creation: fire, wind and water, and each sculpture has dynamic movement.  This view shows the water sculpture with its stainless-steel rings that move and twist constantly from water power.  The sculpture sits in a hexagonal pool surrounded by groundcover.

The ceiling of the pavilion is a timber pergola creating dappled shade and in conjunction with the three entrances and exits allows for cooling air movement in the hot spanish climate.  A bigger hexagonal pool sits at the centre of the pavilion further enhancing the cooling effect and creating yet another dimension by dynamic reflections.

A mosaic Star of David decorate the floor of the pavilion.  The central focal point in the pavilion is the quintessential Jewish Menorah with eight soft lights .

Dynamic dimensional effect created by light and shade on a summer’s day inside the pavilion with the kinetic water sculpture enframed.  The relaxing sound of falling water adds a new dimension to the pavilion experience.

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A different perspective showing the enframement of the kinetic Star Tetrahedron sculpture.

The pavilion sits inside a maze with green wave like walls that intersect  to the viewer on the outside.  The maze creates a confusion suggesting the confusion and grief felt at the loss of a loved one.  The waves of the maze epitomise the pain of loss that come sin waves.  The pavilion is visible from outside the maze and invites discovery which demands the user navigate the maze to arrive at its centre.

The journey to the centre of the maze and to the pavilion represents the journey a griever must take to come to terms with the loss.  The pavilion represents the place of divine acceptance of that loss and the understanding that there is another dimension where life is eternal.

One of the three entrance arms that lead from the maze into the pavilion.  Each entrance arm also draws the eye to one of the three sculptures.  Here the fire sculpture can be seen.

Beautiful night lighting make the pavilion inviting at night.  To the left can be seen the star tetrahedron dynamic wind sculpture that rotates by natural air movement and it is located in its own hexagonal pool.  The diagonally orientated walls of the pavilion deflect and speed up air movement to maximise dynamic movement of the polished bronze sculpture.

From this vista at night the fire sculpture in a bronze geometric sphere for safety reasons can be seen enframed by one of the Claire Voies.

Illumination of the water sculpture at night from the inner maze.

The dynamic fire sculpture by night.

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Looking beyond the waves to the pavilion at the centre of the maze.

Looking into the illuminated pavilion over interwoven curvilinear green wave walls. The waves symbolise the waves of grief that accompany loss.

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The curves of the maze hedging in the vertical dimension create exciting glimpses into the pavilion and to the sculptures.

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At night the scene is vibrant.

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Reflecting in the internal fire sculpture space by day.

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And by night when the illumination is truly dynamic with ever moving flames flickering and creating dynamic shadows.

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A ‘claire voie’ enframes the dynamic kinetic water sculpture.

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The fire sculpture at night enframed by a ‘claire voie’ on the opposite entrance.

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And by day.

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Reflecting on the Menorah with the enframed Star Tetrahedron in the background.

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The moody ambience at night inside the pavilion.

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A blue hue fills the space from the underwater lighting.

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By day beautiful dappled shade from the pergola roof.


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