Author : Lorna Jackson

University : University of Westminster of Architecture and the Built Environment

Status : Diploma 10, 2015

Advisors : Toby Burgess, Arthur Mamou-Maniat

Title : Reflection

Reflection presents this year’s burners with an intimate setting in which to share their innermost confessions, secrets and tales – With the option to do so both openly with other burners face to face, or retain the mystery of their identity by sharing with a stranger through the pavilions semi private screen. Created as a result of rigorous testing of origami the pavilion is made of eight Spiralhedrons mirrored along all axis in order to create the enclosing plywood form and subtly embody Burning Man’s theme [ Carnival of Mirrors ]. By providing an interactive base for participation Reflection is never fully accomplished without the burners involvement. By sharing their stories, burners create a unique experience manifested through the ideals of trust and sharing, which facilitates a special bond between the burners. Upon its burning at the end of the festival, ‘Reflection’ becomes a resting place for the confessions, secrets and stories of its burners, allowing new bonds to be formed.

Based upon a geometric origami principle which outlines the rules for the triangular subdivision of a 2-dimensional shape and assigns mountain and valleys creases to each subsequent subdivision the Spiralhedron has been optimised through both digital and physical testing. Reflection takes an abstract approach to this years theme, the pavilion’s form manifests itself as a result of mirroring this singular Spiralhedron in the X,Y and Z axis, which in turn creates its enclosing plywood form. In order to create the semi-private confessional screen, the panels incorporate a pattern, providing both the function of privacy, but also narrating the origins of the pavilions final form.

Due to form being created through the act of mirroring the entire pavilion will be made of 9 unique laser cut panels which will be bolted together with both metal hinges and 90 degrees and wooden brackets at 135 degrees.

Dimensions

Constrained by the size of a plywood sheet each individual Spiralhedron is made of two sheets of plywood (requiring 16 in total). Made of eight spiralhedrons ‘Reflection’ has a footprint of 3.5metres*3.5metres with a maximum height of 3.5m creating a footprint equal to that of the height of the pavilion.

Interview

S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Lorna Jackson _ One of ten key principles of Burning Man is ‘Inclusive Participation’. Embodying this theme Reflection provides an interactive base for participation and is never fully accomplished without the burners involvement. By sharing their stories through the confessional screen burners create a unique experience manifested through the ideals of trust and sharing, which facilitates a special bond between the burners that, when burnt at the end of the festival, cements the new bonds which have been formed.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
LJ_ Having studied at Art College prior to pursuing Architecture I am passionate about all fields of art and design, particularly life drawing and casting sculptures. Outside of the creative fields I enjoy both skiing and scuba-diving when the opportunity arises.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
LJ_ To constantly experiment in both digital and physical mediums allowing each to influence the other.

S//A : Describe your dream project
LJ_ My dream project would provide enough constraints to be challenging whilst still allowing my creative experiments to guide the project.