Dream Pavilion

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Professor: Christine Macy
[Omar Gandhi, Chris Lee, Stephanie Lam, Kevin Reid, Jeff Skinner, Kelli Davis-Skinner]

“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

The daydreaming pavilion is a ephemeral structure, built to capture the experience of one day. Built into the flank of the Halifax citadel, it was the creation of six architecture students from Dalhousie University, who wished 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 in that space would be heightened. Its function? To allow one to watch the sky over the course of one day. Its construction? To bring attention to the material and the detail. The roof of the pavilion which shades the day dreamer and horizon-watcher during the day, folds down into a chaise lounge for for stargazing at night. Sited along a popular footpath on the western side of the Citadel Hill, the pavilion offered an opportunity for people to pause along their normal path and perhaps dream.

Photography by Omar Gandhi
Published in Canadian Architect magazine

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