Jon Gregurick And Matt Hayes
Gothic Extrusion mediates between small scale ornament and large scale space by appropriating traditionally small elements, such as ornamental details, into habitable, pavilion enclosure. Through this process, the line between structure and decoration is blurred as the ornament becomes embedded into the tectonic ‘thickness’ of the pavilion’s mass..
The pavilion is formally generated from 3D scans of the Swedenborg Chapel, in Cambridge, MA. Two interior and exterior Gothic ornamental details are digitally sculpted into a small, habitable pavilion. The two halves, or ‘lobes’, of the pavilion negotiate an 8’ site sectional difference by housing an interior processional circulation of half levels that sectionally wraps around itself as one moves through.
Materiality is derived from the initial 3D scans and also reinforces ‘blurred’ tectonic scales, as detailed, close-up material joints are extrapolated to pavilion-scale surface finishes. The primary structure is a combination of stone and oxidized copper, present on the exterior of the Swedenborg Chapel, and the interior, circulatory stair element is finished in rich, dark mahogany, as is the interior pulpit of the Chapel.
Elements from the original scan, such as a Gothic clover figures and bar tracery, are projected into the space to create aperture and large scale ornamentation. Additionally, these figures are doubly projected outwards as exterior piping ornamentation to register the operative nature of the ‘cut’.