The Tunnel Web Pavilion – formally inspired by the tunnel web spider – brings together computational design and eco-expressionism using Yucatan’s local plant-based materials, henequen & bamboo. Designed by 4 talented students at the PAACADEMY’s Eco-Parametric Structures workshop by using computational design methodologies and a bamboo-henequen structural system, the group has opened up new possibilities of using these plant-based materials in a modern and elegant way.
The chosen site for Tunnel Web Pavilion is known as Parque Grande located in the center of Merida, Yucatan. Yucatan is a state of Mexico City with a population of about 2.3 million. Merida is characterized by colonial architecture, a tropical climate, Caribbean atmosphere, and frequent cultural happenings; Mérida is sometimes called the “White City” because of its buildings made of white stone and the city’s cleanliness.
The Tunnel Web Pavilion’s form is made up of an interwoven sinuous bamboo structure that brings a lively dynamism to the plaza that is known for public events with dancing, music, and art showcases.
The Eco-Parametric Structures workshop organized by PAACADEMY was held from 2nd March to the 13th April 2021 on an online platform. Studio Mamou-Mani is one of the studio workshops at the PAACADEMY with a focus on combining sustainability with parametric design. The studio with the 6 intriguing sessions lead by London-based architect, Arthur Mamou-Mani and his team was articulated on the topic of wooden construction through computational design methods. The session focused on developing a parametric, modular, and environmentally conscious system in an online studio through interactive workshops and discussions.
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Studio workshop by PAACADEMY
Studio title: Eco-Parametric Structures
Lead by: Arthur Mamou-Mani and his team
Project name: Tunnel Web Pavillion
Students: Zahid Pasha, Miguel Ruiz, Arantxa Nava, Rafael Ramos
Date: 2nd March until 13th April 2021