The Octopus Pavilion provides an inviting, interactive open-air public space at the heart of the Baitasi neighbourhood and at the centre of the Beijing Design Week activities. This pavilion explores the concept of Soft City as embodied in an architectural canopy system, and is inspired by the dynamic, adaptive, and highly expressive characteristics of the octopus. The project also transforms a fenced-off area just outside the main market in Baitasi used for storing recycled materials and other waste into a new covered public plaza open to the residents. The Pavilion thus acts as a buffer for interaction between the activities inside the new Global School in Baitasi and the local community.
▼ 白塔寺下的章鱼亭，the Octopus Pavilion at the heart of the Baitasi neighbourhood
Octopuses, a relative of the mollusks, are soft in a literal sense they have no bones and can squeeze through openings far smaller than their body. And yet this softness goes beyond their physical pliability, encompassing an adaptive paradigm that integrates intelligence, behaviour, and morphology. Octopuses have the same number of neurons as a cat, and yet ⅔ of these are situated in the legs. Neurons are clustered directly with sensing organs and muscle cells, allowing highly distributed control over sucker articulation, skin coloration and texturing. Octopuses take advantage of this intelligent skin employing it in a wide range of adaptive behaviours, from camouflage, mimicry, misdirection, to mesmerization – the stratagem of a magician.
▼ 柔软的空间，a soft space
▼ 好客的、互动室外公共空间，an inviting, interactive open-air public space
以章鱼作为拟态灵感，临时展亭突出了软系统和智能皮肤的特点。展亭将由数组可以膨胀缩小、对现场活动做出响应并变换色彩灯光的充气单元阵列构成。每个单元都有单独的传感器、微控制器、排风扇和 LED 灯，允许其作出独立的反应，与此同时，彼此链接的细胞单元因其轻盈的材料特性，又会协同在一起实现整体的动态效果。临时展亭感应着活动和声音的变化，对现场开展的活动作出反馈的同时也呈现出一幅动态地图。它就像是“白塔寺的心脏”，与邻近社区的“脉搏”动态同步。
Using the analogy of an octopus, the pavilion highlights the characteristics of soft systems and intelligent skin. The pavilion will be made of an array of pneumatic cells that can inflate and deflate as well as glow with coloured light in response to activity in the site. Each cell will have its own sensors, microcontroller, fan and LED, allowing it to react independently, and yet, though the supple nature of the connecting material, an overall dynamic effect will be achieved. The pavilion responds to both movement and sound, reacting to and mapping the unfolding events in the site. In this way, the pavilion will become the heart of Baitasi measuring the pulse of the neighbourhood.
▼ 夜晚，临时展亭感应着活动和声音的变化，变换灯光的色彩，the pavilion glows with coloured light in response to activity in the evening
▼ 详细截面，detailed section
设计小组: Jordan Kanter, Max Gerthel, Nicolas Walz, Amanda Schwarz
Design: Tectonicus, Max Gerthel Studio
Team: Jordan Kanter, Max Gerthel, Nicolas Walz, Amanda Schwarz
Technical support: K1ND
Supported by Baitasi Remade, Embassy of Sweden
Thanks to the 2nd year architecture students of Jiaotong University