Expandable Surface Pavilion

The meeting room explores the complex geometries generated by simple cut-patterning in sheets.

A geometric birchwood pavilion and meeting room was created an experiment in pushing the boundaries of standard plywood fabrication.

Using 6.5mm birch plywood, designers Jacob Bek and Nacho Martí, plus architect Pablo Zamorano, had the goal of creating a double curvature in a single panel. The resulting 16-sq-m pavilion was created using a parametric computational tool that cut a specific geometric pattern.

‘Our team underwent extensive structural and geometric digital analysis to understand and anticipate the reaction between the material and pattern,’ Bek explains.

The designer trio was influenced by works of Frei Otto, Reiser + Umemoto, plus Charles and Ray Eames’ fabrication techniques. ‘We were deeply inspired by the effects of light and shadows on different surfaces and textures,’ Bek adds.

The project was completed in collaboration with the Emergent Technologies & Design Research Program at the Architectural Association. It was shown at the SPOGA design exhibition in Cologne, Germany, earlier this autumn.

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