Skein approached the 2016 NGV Pavilion design competition with a considered and gentle proposition. Notch Pavilion is dressed in an external skin system comprising of a series of translucent gauze-fabrics of varying opacity to drape and veil a timber lattice. By creating a variety of clean, white dilutions across the field of view, the further one delves into the pavilion, the more vivid the structural timber lattice becomes. As a skin, the white gauze reflects, moves in the wind, and shimmers in varied manner under seasonal lighting conditions.
The architecture is an integral element to framing the garden artworks, and the pavilion provides a space to reflect upon the temporal conditions of shelter and shade, the play of shadows, and intensity of light. A series of selective vistas open up as one travels through the teased-apart pavilion along subtractive pathways and draws the site into the permeable framing and onto the Standing Figure. The use of digital fabrication is called to optimise an interconnected system of efficient junctions utilising precision and digital methods scarcely utilised in timber construction and manufacturing. The net result will be minimal waste in the fabrication and construction process.