Circle Shade, designed by Eva Jensen Design is the winning project of Folly/Function 2017, an anually design/build competition in New York.
The program called for four portable structures to populate a park environment, for adaptable use, and assembly in 10-15 minutes by one - two people. Circle Shade is developed as a kit of parts based on the tripod structural concept. It consists of three main components and only 7 parts: 1 circular canopy, 3 poles and 3 cylindrical counterweights. The canopy connects to poles with custom designed high strength structural 3D-printed nodes for quick assembly within 5 minutes. The structure integrates outdoor furniture for use as single unit, or in clusters, creating dynamic playful spaces in open constellation.
Circle Shade is a refined and portable canopy system designed and developed by Eva Jensen Design as a Kit-of-Parts for quick assembly.
The design vocabulary is minimal and clean, based on the structural tripod concept, with 3D-printed nodal connections. It synthesizes renewal of current sun umbrellas and portable tent concepts while integrating outdoor furniture. It eliminates the center pole of the parasol and accommodates free space beneath the canopy.
Eva Christine Jensen, architect of Folly/Function 2017 competition, which asked designers to create a portable shading structure for Socrates Sculpture Park, discusses the process of designing and fabricating the elements that comprise her winning design, Circle Shade – 2πR4.