In this Design Dynamics projects, we were asked to individually design and fabricate one working model for an outdoor pavilion. This acted as a vehicle to explore form making and construction ideas in close coordination with selection of a site/program of our choice. The root of beauty and elegance comes from the natural world; so the pomegranate pavilion is designed in such way to mimic the feeling of sitting inside a pomegranate. The main concept is driven from the symbolic meaning of pome- granates in the eastern cultures, which represents: family, fertility, marriage, and abundance. The main purpose of this intimate pavilion is to gather members of a family, just like pomegranate seeds gathered inside this fruit... It encourages the twenty-first-century-families to spend more quality time together, and this could be done in their backyards or gardens. They can enjoy the outdoors environment, while sitting inside their cozy pavilion right beside their own house.
The pomegranate pavilion is furnished with a square coffee-table, which is also a heater, surrounded by red seating cushions. The coffee-table is not only the main furniture piece, it is also the main heating source of this intimate space. This coffee-ta- ble idea was driven from the old Persian tea tables called ‘korsi.’ Korsis were short wooden tables covered with thick woollen cloth with a fire-heater underneath. In the past, Korsis were placed in the biggest room of the backyard to gather all the members of the household; where they used to tuck their feet under the korsi for warmth and enjoy all the tea, fruits, and sweets on the table.