This former biplane hangar is being given a second chance to become airborne in its new incarnation as the House of Air. The 21,440-square-foot trampoline facility is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on the historic Crissy Field landing strip. The original 1920s structure required extensive seismic upgrades, leaving little remaining budget to deal with any architectural improvements. These economic constraints challenged Mark Horton Architecture to find creative solutions for the lighting as they worked the design into the building's retrofit. By installing off-the-shelf fluorescent strip fixtures between translucent blue polycarbonate walls, the architects found an inventive and cost-effective solution to light two spaces at once with a limited palette.
The House of Air capitalizes on the lengthy spans of the hangar to house a large field trampoline, a side trampoline which doubles as a dodge-ball court, and three performance trampolines. The performance trampolines provide a training location for competitive skiers, snowboarders, and wakeboarders to practice their tricks. The facility also contains locker rooms and meeting facilities, as well as a small café and lounge, with structural-steel catwalks providing spectator vantage points.
Vertical deployment of the luminaires echoes the motion of the trampoline users and also creates a dynamic visual impact in both the main acrobatic arena and the perimeter spaces. Pivoting panels mounted in the walls allow views into the trampoline areas when open and privacy for those inside when closed. This innovative solution using materials unifies the project, and the emphasis on verticality reinforces the House of Air branding.
Jury Comments: A fun project that makes the most of limited resources. • Using the linear fluorescent lamps in a vertical position is a nice way to reinforce the activity that is taking place here—jumping. It provides a nice visual cue.