Sun Pavilion: Playing with Power

Generator Studio won the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art‘s design competition to integrate technology into a temporary architecture installation on the south lawn near Steven Holl’s Bloch Building addition.

Designed as part of the museum’s “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibition, Sun Pavilion is completely off the grid. Utilizing over 150 photovoltaic panels as an artistic canopy, the installation is self powered and sprinkled with various interactive exhibits to help educate the public on various ways of generating sustainable power. The main enclosure is composed of 3 adapted shipping containers with professional and public art installations. The installation rests on temporary foundations, with the PV panels supported by scaffolding, so the project can be decommissioned and the materials reused.

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