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PROJECTS MERIT

NASA ORBIT PAVILION
Putting a seashell to one's ear and listening to the ocean-like sound
is a ritual of childhood. But consider walking into a much larger shell
and hearing the sounds of space - or rather, a symphony built out of
the sounds of satellites in space. This was what the designers proposed
when approached by NASA to design a traveling pavilion, where the
invisible sounds and trajectories of 19 NASA satellites orbiting and
monitoring the Earth could be experienced.
The team created a nautilus-shaped structure using 3,500 square feet
of water-jet-cut aluminum panels, scribed with more than 100 "orbital
paths" fitted together and bolted to a curved framework of aluminum
tubes. This shell defines a 30-foot-diameter inner interior, open at its
center to the sky. An array of speakers within this space, programmed
by a sound artist, serve to map, translate, and broadcast the sounds of
these satellites. Visitors who enter this "3D sound chamber" are immersed in the sounds of NASA's satellites as they fly over, under, and
around them in real time.
The surface perforations echo the trajectories of the satellites while
mitigating exterior noise and decreasing wind loads on the relatively
light structure. Constructed using a simple set of connections and numbered components that easily break down, the pavilion can be packed
into a small cargo bin and assembled or disassembled in just three days
on-site.
Called the Orbit Pavilion, the shell-shaped structure has been
a successful teaching tool, helping to spread the word about NASA's
missions to understand the Earth. Visitors can immerse themselves in
the light and sounds of the inner chamber, and leave with a new awareness of the vastness of space, the complexity of the Earth, and their
place in it all.

Chuck Choi

STUDIOKCA
SAN MARINO, CA

StudioKCA Design Team
Jason Klimoski, AIA, LEED AP, Lesley Chang, Scott
Segal, Charles Kim, Moniera Buck, Hector Orellana
Collaborators
Robert Silman Associates, Shane Myrbeck,
Arup SoundLab, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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