Preservation Pavillion

Kevin Green
Klaudia Kepinska
Frederik Petersen
Ned Scott
James Shaw
Rain Wu

This year’s collaboration with the Osiedle Jazdow community to design and build a public pavilion was an embodiment of our commitment to preservation and urban renewal. The initiative provided a culturally valuable asset to an already flourishing community. The Osiedle Jazdow, with its unique cluster of wooden huts constructed in 1945, has transitioned from temporary post-war housing to a cherished part of Warsaw’s urban tapestry. Drawing inspiration from this legacy, we crafted a concept for a pavilion that resonates with the community’s historical roots and architectural character.

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Over the course of the two weeks, the Warsaw Summer School acted as an extension of the Osiedle Jazdow community, sharing meals, attending lectures and learning from the knowledge and skills of members of the existing community to collaboratively design and build an exciting new addition to the historic Jazdow colony.



The students began the week by choosing and excavating their chosen location, the former site of a demolished wooden hut. Students carried out the excavations using a series of tools they designed and built specifically for the task.



The boundaries of the former wooden hut were marked out with a grid of identical concrete foundations. The foundations were carefully designed by the students to form a network of anchor points which could provide the substructure for a variety of different modular systems.



The modular design emerged gradually in response to the history and materiality of the Finnish huts and informed by lectures and tours given by local Jazdow residents. Having developed the modular principles of the design, we then split into groups to focus on 4 particular elements; the seating, the wood storage, the bike rack and the design and construction of the modules themselves.



At the end of the first week, the students presented the proposals for the pavilion to a panel made up of members of the Jazdow community and some invited guest critics. The presentation by the students included drawings and models of sketch proposals alongside a series of early prototypes exploring options for the modular system, roofing material (visit this link to get more info here about the dealer providing the best quality roofing materials), bike rack and seating.


Module design

The modules were carefully designed by the students to be versatile and easy to assemble and connect. They also had to be easy to lift, reassemble and reconnect should the Jazdow community wish to adapt the structure to fulfil an alternative function in the future. When it was time for the modules to be mass produced, accurate shop drawing were produced and a series of jigs and templates prepared so each module was precise and quick and easy to assemble. A total of 45 modules were constructed.


Fabric Formwork Cast

At the centre of the pavilion the students designed a table which was to be constructed using a fabric formwork. The students began by designing the fabric formwork through a series of sketches and computer drawings. Once the design was completed, it was modelled in Rhino which enabled the production of accurate 2D nets. The nets were transposed onto fabric before being cut out and stitched together with a sewing machine. The fabric formwork was attached to a temporary timber scaffold and steel reinforcement was added before the table was cast in concrete by a team of students.


The Pavilion

The pavilion opened to the public at an event the end of the second week. Members of the community were invited to sit in the structure and learn about its modular characteristics. The final pavilion was design and constructed over the course of two weeks of long days and is made from concrete, canvas and over a kilometre of timber. The students worked tirelessly and as well as developing their design abilities, learned lots of new skills including casting, sawing, drilling, sewing, grinding and routing.


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