Six weeks. That is how long it took to design, fabricate and install the Shellstar Pavilion in Hong Kong, China. Designed by Andrew Kudless (Matsys) and Riyad Joucka (HKU), the pavilion was displayed as a gathering place for participants during the Detour 2012 festival.
In creating the design, a process was developed utilizing parametric modeling. This resulted in the pavilion’s star shape which references both the nearby sea and the 5-petal flower of the bauhinia blakeana orchid tree, the iconic symbol featured on Hong Kong’s flag. Composing the surface are nearly 1500 individual cells that are all slightly non-planar. Cut from flat Coroplast sheets, the cells were bent in order to achieve the curved form. As stated in the design team’s brief, “Using a custom Python script, each cell is optimized so as to eliminate any interior seams and make them as planar as possible, greatly simplifying fabrication.”