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Student created architectural pavilion coming to IU


"Synergia", a public architectural pavilion, was designed by IU School of Art and Architecture + Design students in 2017. "Synergia" will be coming to IU over spring break. Tony Vasquez Buy Photos

A public architectural pavilion, "Synergia," will come to IU over spring break.

Synergia was designed by students in the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design class, SOAD-D 475: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Contemporary Issues, during the spring and summer of 2017. 

The pavilion was first open to the public at Exhibit Columbus between Aug. 26 and Nov. 26, 2017, in Columbus, Indiana. It sits next to the North Christian Church, designed by architect Eero Saarinen.

"Synergia embodies the reality of life, community, and harmony through its simple parts working together to create a complex and light-filled space," according to assistant professor Jiangmei Wu's website.

Synergia has colored LED lights that illuminate at night. It can display purple, red and yellow.

"The interplay of light and shadow, acting in conjunction with the movements of compression and expansion, creates a space that fosters peace and reflection," according to Wu's website.

The structure is made of translucent corrugated sheets made from recycled plastic. The sheets are folded like origami to form each structural unit, further constructing five hundred polyhedrons, to make the structure light and structurally sound.

Students pose with individual pieces of the "Synergia", a public architectural pavilion, before it is put together in Columbus, Indiana.  Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

"This hexagon geometry echoes the overall geometry of Saarinen’s mid-century modernist architecture," according to Wu's website. 

Synergia is part of Exhibit Columbus, an architectural showcase of work from a group of Midwestern Universities.

Clark Gudas

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