“Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process.”

To launch the V&A Engineering Season, a newly-commissioned installation by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer will be built in the John Madjeski Garden.

Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

The pavilion will grow over the course of the V&A Engineering Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the garden that will be captured by real-time sensors in its canopy fibres.

Entrance is free.

SATURDAY 28 MAY – SUNDAY 5 JUNE, 10.30 – 17.00
For May half term, Imagination Station activities will be inspired by the Elytra Filament Pavilion in the John Madjeski Garden. Children can use fibre to create their own mini canopy structure.
Free, drop-in.

More information: V&A