“There are no shortcuts to evolution”
The Pavilion grew over the course of the V&A Engineering Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden that captured by realtime sensors in its canopy fibres. At select moments, visitors had the opportunity to witness the Pavilion’s construction live throughout the Season as new cells were fabricated in situ by a Kuka robot. (source)
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Only fascination comes when reading more and more about this pavilion. Firstly it is satisfying to see that this is a fully integrated project, studied by architectural, structural and environmental aspect. This distribution of roles, makes it something more than a plain futuristic installation. Secondly, it is a fine example of equal sharing among architecture and structural and environmental design, and still is a piece of art. Usually when it comes to such projects, it is hard for the visitor to balance among the possible different components of the work. Either he perceives it based on architecture, or on construction, or robotics. Here the case it is different. It is a clear scenario with equally distributed roles. Thirdly, this installation leaves a promise, an open door and food for thought one would say, for each of the fields it represents. Is biomimetic arithmetical equations the new path of architecture? How much further can the strength limits of materials go? Under which environmental cost?.. Will it , one day, take just a man and his team of robots to build an olympic stadium?
It seems all the answers to these questions are already on their way towards present.
-by Elli Z_e–