by Losada Garcia Architects (Ramiro Losada, Alberto García) and Taller Emergerte Architecture (Victor Navarro) with architecture students Freddy Bravo, John Colwart, Marika-Anne De Ocampo, Aipeng Fang, Travis Garcia, Guy Hartwig, Emilio Ingrasci, Heiarii Li Cheng, Guillermo Menjivar, Madison Parsons, Austin Richards, Anthony Rodriguez, Andrew Schiffer, Yangyi Situ, Justin Soderlund, Tobey Toney and Salvador Vicente.
The STEAM Pavilion idea originated from the necessity to accommodate the activities that take place at the annual conferences of STEAMConnect. These activities involve talking, sitting, eating and, above all, meeting. We found that Architecture is a clear combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art, so addressing the necessities of the STEAMConnect annual reception would be the perfect example of STEM + Art disciplines coming together, blending creativity, design and technical skills.
We, therefore engaged with NewSchool of Architecture&Design and opened the opportunity to create a special student workshop, implementing the use of the School’s resources (MaterialLab). Not only was there a low budget to work with ($3,500), the schedule that was practically impossible. With a total of 4 weeks, we enlisted 16 students, designed the pavilions in one week, purchased and cut the materials during the second week, and constructed, assembled and transported the structures during the last two weeks before the event.
During the STEAMConnect reception, the pavilions were a success in providing informal Meeting Spaces, networking, supporting artistic performances and contributing to the atmosphere.
SILO hosts several events every year in San Diego. The STEAM Pavilion will continue its functions there as meeting spaces, providing places to talk, sit, eat and meet at Makers Quarter.