“Cloud Seeding,” a plaza pavilion for Israel’s national design museum, Design Museum Holon, shows that design can do more than fulfill a public need: it can foster engaging public experiences. The structure is located in the museum’s urban plaza and used for various events hosted by the museum and the city. The public is invited to attend performances, join outdoor dance classes, read a book from the loan library, or simply lounge in the shade.
Beach chairs encourage visitors to lounge while viewing the moving ceiling overhead. The multi-use plaza pavilion welcomes both museum visitors and the general public to engage with its public space. “Cloud Seeding” creates boundaries between sun and shade that are dynamic, responsive, and fragmented.
These boundaries are the result of thousands of lightweight balls, or “seeds,” in motion on a fabric mesh ceiling. The “seeds” are made of PET plastic and are recycled content from plastic water bottles. The ceiling supports 30,000 balls that move freely with the wind across its surface. This overhead movement allows public events to occur in different areas of the pavilion, connecting its cultural and leisure programs to the invisible forces of weather.