A PAVILION FOR THE NEW ENERGY ERA
There was a time when electric energy came only from the clouds. Cumulus recalls the evolution of energy distribution.
The pavilion consists of a lightweight structure with a textile cloud ceiling. There are two objects - the workbench and the stage - which serve as a shelter and platform, providing sufficient space for the basic program: 20 workplaces, a TV stage and an auditorium. The open public interior is used as a terrace and edutainment activities.
Cumulus is made up of a structure of steel columns and the walls of insulating glass with aluminium frames. The lightweight construction, short construction time and modular structure allow the pavilion to relocate quick and efficient in another context or landscape. Cumulus can be built entirely in a very short timeframe.
The pavilion generates an in-between climate that acts as a buffer to temper extreme conditions. By using locally conditioned spaces the energy consumption for heating and cooling is limited to the spaces that really need one or the other.
The glass box with floating clouds presents itself as an open and inviting breeding ground for bright ideas. It is a place where scientists, energy professionals and the passerby get inspired by how Essent deals with energy issues.