More museum pavilions – But the V&A Builds one with robots

Pavilions in art museums are having renewed popularity around the world. In Melbourne they have become so must-have that there are two temporary pavilions within a few a hundred metres of each other on St Kilda Road, both hosting talks and events about art and design.

Now the V&A museum in London is planning a pavilion for its courtyard based on the idea of the wings of flying beetles — and it will made by robots.

The German architect Achim Menges (pictured below) and engineers Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer are creating the “Elytra Filament Pavilion” for the V&A’s upcoming Engineering Season.

Similar in broad concept to MPavilion’s design by British architect Amanda Levete, the V&A pavilion will also create a moving “canopy” — though theirs is based on the “fibrous structures found in the hardened forewings of flying beetles, known as elytra,” Dezeen reports.

“With Elytra: Filament Pavilion, we aim to offer a glimpse of the transformative power of the fourth industrial revolution currently underway, and the way it again challenges established modes of design, engineering and making, “said Menges, who is the founder of the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University.

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Their structure is built from robotically produced fibrous systems and is planned to “grow” over the duration of its installation between May and November. “Its intricate, filament canopy is at the same time architectural envelope, load-bearing structure and environmental filter, which will extend and transform over time.”

The V&A Engineering Season from June to November 2016 includes a retrospective of engineer Ove Arup whose projects included Berthold Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House and the Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Images courtesy of ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

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