Obuchi Lab & Sato Lab of the University of Tokyo were commissioned by the curators of the 2021 United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, Wael Al Awar & Kenichi Teramoto, to design and bring to life a novel architectural prototype, backed by the extensive research of the skilled, multidisciplinary team behind the pavilion. Through the creation of an inclusive and open construction process in which anyone would be able to freely participate, the University of Tokyo collaboration research team sought to interrogate often opaque building practices by fostering community involvement throughout the construction process and through the conceptual journey of the curators. In addition to the construction system, this website is designed to provide the general public with a real-time visualization of all elements of the University of Tokyo construction system.
The Construction System
Real-time motion tracking equipment is utilized to provide a continuously updated 3D scan of the constructed prototype, as well as guidance to the builders in order to facilitate the construction of a freeform, yet structurally sound architectural prototype. 3D data is recorded and sent out to a tailor-made open-platform cloud system, enabling real-time international interfacing, collaboration, and visualization between the construction site in Venice and the University of Tokyo where the constructed geometry undergoes a structural analysis which optimizes the prototype structure and updates the guidance instructions for the construction team on-site in Venice.