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Perchance to Dream

A collaborative study explores light, colour and space over the course of a day.

February 1, 2004
by Jeff Skinner, et al.

The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the daydreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace….the values that belong to daydreaming mark humanity in its depths. –Gaston Bachelard

Built into the flank of Halifax’s Citadel, this daydreaming pavilion is an ephemeral structure, built to capture the experience of one day. The brainchild of six architecture students at Dalhousie University, it is meant to translate their readings in architectural theory into a built work of architecture.

The aim was to express the poetics of architecture, by creating a space where one’s sense of being could be heightened. Functionally, it allows one to watch the sky over the course of one day. Its construction brings attention to the material and the detail.

The little structure was built of 24s that had been ripped into four equal-sized pieces. Walls, roof and convertible seat/daybed were pre-fabricated for quick and easy assembly on the site. Careful detailing ensured that various elements would create a unified whole when assembled.

The roof of the pavilion, which shades the daydreamer and horizon-watcher during the day, folds down into a chaise longue, suitable for stargazing at night. Sited along a popular footpath on the western side of Citadel Hill, the pavilion offered an opportunity for people to pause along their usual path, and perhaps dream.

See www.canadianarchitect.com/dreampavilion for the making of the Dream Pavilion. The project team consisted of students Kelli Davis, Omar Gandhi, Stephanie Lam, Chris Lee, Kevin Reid, and Jeff Skinner. Project instructors were Christine Macy and Sarah Bonnemaison.




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