Category: Light Insights
February 16, 2016

Smithsonian design triennial features the photo-luminescen fiber pavilion. Sabin’s 400-square-foot PolyThread pavilion is the largest work in the exhibition, taking up half of a third-floor gallery. Covered with a maze of variegated cellular shapes, the pavilion’s 15-minute illumination sequence mimics the transition from day to night, changing from pale blue to white.

The multi-coloured structure was designed by Jenny E. Sabin, Cornell University’s Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Assistant Professor of Architecture. It was made from photo-luminescent and solar-active threads and manufactured on a Shima Seiki computerized fat knitting machine.

The structure is Sabin’s second textile pavilion commissioned for installation in New York City. The first was designed for the release of Nike’s Flyknit Collection in 2012.Unlike the Nike pavilion, the PolyThread structure fully integrates its knitted fabric. “The framework, within the knitted material, is an active bending structure,” Sabin said. “And the knit fabric, which is composed of hundreds of individually knitted elements, works in tension with the armature.”

As part of her research on the intersection of textiles and architecture, Sabin views PolyThread as a prototype for applications of fabric-based structures. “I can see this as a permanent large outdoor pavilion or structure that could operate well in a park or an outdoor environment,” she said.


Via CornellChronicle.com