Luminous Drapes is an experimental urban pavilion designed and built by Studio Toggle for the Nuqat Human Capital 2018 Conference at the Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Centre, Kuwait. In collaboration with IKEA and BCC
Hend Almatrouk, Gijo Paul George, Hessa Althuwaikh, Lulwa Alobaid
The design of the pavilion stemmed from the desire to create soft and malleable spaces occupiable in novel ways. The pavilion is meant to be colonized based on the activities that it will accommodate.
These parameters then informed the various taxonomies of voids that catered to the programmed activities and were mapped on to a modular grid.
A low-tech, cost-efficient, incremental, modular system was developed using re-usable construction scaffolding and laser-cut IKEA drapes. The voids created by the subtractive operations on the stacked drapes are taxonomized into activity facilitators and occupied as such. A modular grid 3x3M grid is made from construction scaffolding and IKEA drapes are cut and arranged in a pattern derived from a parametric algorithm. The differences in height and width result in people reacting to the spaces in different ways and colonizing it intuitively.
During the night, the lit pavilion changes its ambience and makes for a dynamic space. Light is used as a sculptural medium to elevate the perception of both light and space.