Twist Pavilion

Second Year, Professor Mike McKay, University of Kentucky

First Place, University of Kentucky Digital Media Competition

The twist of this pavilion allows it to challenge its relationship to the landscape, while still considering the plan-based curves that generated it. The varying scale of the form, created by “pinching” the bottom, allows the curves to interact with the viewer on two different levels. The smaller face is easier to understand, seen in its entirety both when closest to the viewer and, oppositely, though the frame of the other side. The larger face is a much more ambiguous interpretation of the original curves; being so elongated, it is difficult to understand its form unless viewed nearly straight-on. The twist adds to the complexity, making the form even less clear when viewed at the full scale of the pavilion. The  precise angle of the twist allows the entire pavilion to cantilever out, practically adding to shaded area while minimizing ground area used by the form itself, but also adding to its general allure. While a seemingly simple move, the small twist provides much more complexity than the name originally suggests.