by Grace Lancto

The CCH focuses on designing a temporary pavilion that helps to educate and promote awareness around the climate crisis. The CCH is a set of 3 micro-climate responsive pavilions that allow children to interact with local solar angles and wind patterns to produce energy for a kinetic light display within an exhibition space. Sustainability is at the core of its design shown by the materiality, program, and energy performance. It is emphasized on the exterior that recycled plastic is used to create a majority of the structures, and the main activities are centered around creating energy from on-site, renewable sources. Students must work to produce the energy via sun and wind in the first two pavilions and are able to step into the main pavilion which houses a prismatic sculpture that illuminates the interior with rainbows when the spotlights are fueled with enough power. The final display provides educational climate research as well as the ability to relax and view the kinetic display. The Marylebone Hall project focused on creating a design that helps to make a more efficient building in terms of climate response, energy performance, and user health and comfort. This was achieved by establishing an outer skin, perforated with transparent holes that allow for optimal views, effective ventilation, and solar protection. Vegetation also plays a crucial role in this design by mitigating air pollution, reducing solar gains, and providing an increased view of natural elements within the cityscape. On the lower levels, a Zen-like environment allows for students to return to the halls and decompress from classes while enjoying nature. Where sunlight previously provided unwanted solar radiation, a community garden is now located to utilize this sunlight for providing access to fresh produce for the students and catering services on site.