S'14 JIW Studio: Caleb Negash

A proposed pavilion for temporary exhibition on the former site of the NJ Transit Princeton Station. This project treats the site as a fully- functioning train station, prior to its relocation: taking existing site conditions (trees, buildings, street furniture, the train, roads, select pedestrian paths) as discrete elements, the project casts the site in an eight-foot high disc of plaster, each element forming a void inside its outwardly uninterrupted surface. The pavilion develops over the course of its exhibition as visitors are provided with hammers and chisels to chip away at the disc's edge, eventually tunneling through and connecting the voids within. As the voids grow and combine, the pavilion becomes programmatically more flexible. Once the pavilion has eroded past a critical point, the performance ends and is ready to be swept away. Informed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei's 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which inspired a series of material experiments with abstracting a landscape to produce feelings of delight, disorientation and terror.