In Cleveland, Ohio, the Solar Bytes Pavilion stands as a representation of new architectural fabrication methods. This project was created by Design Lab workshop; it combines new production techniques—such as those of 3D printing—with light sensors, photovoltaics, and the use of solar energy for power. A 6-axis robot arm was used to create the 94 individual modules of the pavilion. The individual modules are assembled and held together by interlocking, snap-fit joints.
Translucent plastic was the most suitable building material; it allowed for sunlight filtration during the day as well as creating an evenly-distributed glow at night. The arched pavilion spans from the East to the West allowing for maximum solar exposure. During the day, each of the individual components stores solar energy depending on its exposure to the sun.
The design studio explains: “if it is cloudy in the morning and clear in the afternoon, the pavilion’s east side will be illuminated for a shorter period of time than the west side, reflecting those environmental conditions.” The Solar Bytes Pavilion creates a very interesting play of light as well as an attractive art piece for visitors and passersby.