CLOUDS (PODIUM & PAVILION)
FOLLOW THE SUN PAVILION, RISD PROFESSOR DAVID ROSS
Historically the Olympic games have created a large amount of waste. Clouds aim to captivate public attention and elevate people’s perception of recycled plastic materials by creating a pavilion that takes part in every event of the Olympics games. Inspired by the idea, Clouds serve as award podiums for the 2028 Olympics and a permanent, poetic pavilion for the city of Los Angeles at Baldwin Hills.
The series of award podiums is created through slicing that challenges the conventional single face podium. The result is a set of fluid, multi-face platforms. The podiums are made of Nike Grind, a material created from recycled athletic footwear and surplus manufacturing scraps.
With the use of digital fabrication, each podium is designed to be unique for different scenarios, including the Paralympics.
During the games, the podiums will first be distributed to the four main venues of the game and progressively move to Baldwin Hills, which signifies fitness and observation in LA.
The pavilion is formed by 28 interlocking podiums and 207 aluminum columns, representing the number of countries participating in the games. The elevation of the podiums off the ground serves as a means of retiring them. Staying beyond the Olympic games, the pavilion aims to promote the spirit of the Olympic games while captivating public attention and elevate people’s perception of recycled plastic materials.