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Trilux Pavilion


Client: Museum of Craft and Design

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2011

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Museum of Craft and Design


TRILUX is an experimental construction of three vertical wooden lattice structures that create an illuminated beacon anchoring the corner of the site [Proxy Project] and invite the neighborhood to participate in the museum activities that take place inside of it. TRILUX is fabricated by combining traditional steam-bending techniques with CNC milled and laser cut components. The south faces of TRILUX host hundreds of curved spiked shade quills. Visitors view the sky through three unique woven oculi and in the evening lights illuminate the interior lattices.


Trilux is a temporary public art installation weaving thin wood elements into three unique vertical icons and exploring ideas of lightness, plasticity, and geometric complexity in a temporary public space. Johnson notes, “The Trilux pavilion is an experiment in structural expression, form making and attempts to synthesize diverse fabrication techniques. The pavilion also gave us the opportunity to explore how this type of structure performs as a catalyst and a hub for social interaction both inside and outside the pavilion. In many ways the Trilux pavilion is a study model for larger urban structures we hope to build in the future.”