Thermodynamic Olympic Diving Pavilion (2015)
SCI-Arc: Japan Studio
Instructor: John Bohn
PROMPT: A 2020 Tokyo Olympic Diving Pavilion, conceptually located at Sendagaya Station was an intervention of above-ground pools that linked a thermodynamic pathway. The design represented three individual concepts merged into one design: The creation of airflows and pressure zones to accelerate and divert air, a “thermodynamic path” made from flowing water (a nod to the Japanese) that ran through and cooled the site, and the golden balloon structure that hovered over the pavilion and provided both shade and the diffusion of light. The video on this page is a related assignment cataloging thermodynamic qualities of the Asakusa neighborhood in Tokyo.