Skylights: Dumbo

A site-specific sculptural pavilion that utilizes ambient lighting within Brooklyn Bridge Park to show star constellations on the ground via cast shadows.

Design Team: Engin AyazEsther CheungRozit Arditi
Structural Consultants: Zak Kostura (Arup) and Robert K. Otani (Thornton Tomasetti)
FabricatorTimbur Studio
Press: Architizer

The pavilion is organically shaped by site and programmatic constraints such as orientation, views and shadow paths. With its specific shape, location and perforation, the canopy is illustrates the complete star map of New York for the evenings of September 28-30th, the dates of Dumbo Arts Festival 2012.

The motivation behind this project is to poetically address the politics of light, and specifically side effects of light pollution in urban settings. By using the streetlight as the source for the star map, the project challenges the visitor to reconnect with the larger planetary scale, the stars that enshroud us.