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Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc

  • 01:00 - 3 October, 2011
Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc
Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc, Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative
Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative © Scott Mayoral Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Principal Architects

    Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
  • Project Team

    Oyler Wu Collaborative: Nick Aho, Chris Eskew, Matt Evans, Andy Hammer, Michael Ho, Richard Lucero, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang; SCI-Arc: Jacob Aboudou, Casey Benito, Paul Cambon, Julian Daly, Hung Diep, Jesus Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Duygun Inal, Mina Jun, David Kim, Noorey Kim, Jacques Lesec, Zachery Main, Tyler McMartin, Richard Nam, Kevin Nguyen, Manuel Oh, Carlos Rodriquez, Bryant Suh, Kyle von Hasseln, Liz von Hasseln, Jie Yang
  • Engineering

    Nous Engineering
  • Principal Engineer

    Matt Melnyk
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs


assembly diagram
assembly diagram

Every year in early September, as graduate students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles put the finishing touches on their thesis projects, a Sci-Arc faculty member and students prepare a temporary pavilion for the annual graduation ceremony. This year, faculty members Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative, along with their students, designed a pavilion entitled Netscape for the event that stretches across the northern end of the SCI-Arc parking lot, providing seating for 900. Consisting of 45,000 linear feet of knitted rope, 6000 linear feet of tube steel, and 3000 square feet of fabric shade louvers, the pavilion creates a sail-like canopy of rope and fabric that floats above the audience. With its fabric louvers tilted toward the western sky, the canopy is designed to provide shade for the specific date and time.

© Scott Mayoral
© Scott Mayoral

Netscape utilizes a double layer of netting in varying configurations to create a three-dimensional field of billowing shade louvers. Based on a conventional knitting technique, like that used in the making of a sweater, the pavilion exploits the malleability of this technique as it stretches to conform to the three-dimensional shape of the structure. Unlike a conventional net, the knitting technique is not fixed at its intersections, allowing the shape of the nets (and their grids) to contort both at the upper and the lower surface. With the nets contorting differently, the shade louvers that are stretched between them become a dynamic field of fabric, twisting and bending in order to span across the space in between.

projected partial section plan
projected partial section plan

Design of the project involved an elaborate back and forth between digital and analog systems of investigation. With engineering done by Nous Engineering, analysis of the tension in the nets provided constant feedback that informed the shape and three-dimensionality of the structure, as well as some basic form-finding for the nets. As the project progressed, however, large three-dimensional models provided a means of studying the behavior of the grids and their resulting geometries.

With the shade louvers designed to block the setting sun in the west, the view from inside the pavilion offers a dramatically different experience. The three-dimensionality of the double-layered netting reaches depths of about 10’, and becomes open and porous when facing eastward into the complex three-dimensional field of fabric and rope.

Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative
Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

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15 Comments

Bazinga · April 20, 2012
ian_thol · October 13, 2011

SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc http://t.co/CdGpcmYo

groza cristian · October 10, 2011

Outdoor canopy inspiration http://t.co/Nxs3uQlZ & graduation pavilion http://t.co/vIJpEHO1 #architecture

Future Cape Town · October 10, 2011

Incredible pavilion by graduate students of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles http://t.co/6xPFaVRM

Colorola · October 05, 2011

We are really into Wu. http://t.co/zFex2Ke1 via @archdaily

TheStructuralArtists · October 05, 2011

Netscape, the pavilion designed by the students of Southern California Institute of Architecture, for their... http://t.co/pqfOewjn

Jordan A McMullen · October 04, 2011

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc http://t.co/OEW4TZzc #architecture

CAD · October 04, 2011

To filter the smog?

Dusrin · November 30, 2011 08:32 PM

To shade the sun?

Mark Gardner · October 04, 2011

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc | ArchDaily http://t.co/KyGk6cjP via @archdaily

Nicholas Patten · October 03, 2011

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011. http://t.co/jnUGG89o

A.C.Id. + LaB-Vi · October 03, 2011

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Erik Joya · October 03, 2011

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc: © Oyler Wu… http://t.co/olzQYPu1

Bill Clarkson · October 03, 2011

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc http://t.co/OEW4TZzc #architecture

Travel Writer · October 03, 2011

RT| Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc: © Oyler Wu Coll... http://t.co/onZ38a84 @archdaily

M · October 03, 2011

But why?

Dusrin · November 30, 2011 08:31 PM

Why not?

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