A series of architectural experiments have been culminated in a structure – one that’s lightweight, strong, water-resistant and self-supporting.

According to creator Marc Fornes, the project is neither an installation nor art. Combining elements of biometric design, sculpture, technology and architecture, the coral-like pavilion is made of 27 pieces of aluminium with nearly 156,000 drilled holes.

‘It’s prototypical architecture,’ Fornes says. ‘It’s an investigation into transformations from one state to the other.’

He says it has been developed through custom computational protocols, including form finding, form description, information modeling, generational hierarchy and digital fabrication.

The project was not made to scale based on smaller model prototype. Instead, Fornes says the process was one that addressed morphological models of change, as elements were unrolled and cut out of flat sheets of metal. He needed to consider elements like connection of parts, end rings, open edges, connecting points and ground points.

‘The pavilion is redirecting from a current avant-garde strategy of applications populating discreet components onto an overall surface or host,’ Fornes says.

NonLin/Lin can be seen at FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. It can be disassembled and reassembled in new locations, as desired.