Architecture is not just about designing buildings, it is also about integrating those building in their neighborhood. Keeping this principle in forefront of her thought process, Amanda Levete, principal Architect of a British firm AL_A has designed a canopy for MPavilion 2015.
MPavilion is an annual event in Melbourne, Australia started last year aiming to provide a platform for evolution of ideas through debates as well as cultural exchange. Amanda has designed a forest canopy that will be installed in the Queen Victoria Gardens during the event with the backdrop of trees and blue sky thus providing a perfect setting. Naomi Milgrom Foundation, an arts and architecture charity has commissioned this design.
The designers focused on creating a forest-like environment using advanced nautical engineering. The canopy is in the shape of three to five meter wide petals made of thin composite material. These petals are fitted with LEDs that emits light during night giving a surreal experience.
To enhance the whole impact, speakers have also been fitted in the petals to enhance the experience. To support the canopy, thin columns have been used but they are made of carbon fibers which allow them to sway with the wind while hiding the electrical wiring for lighting as well as speakers.
According to Amanda,
“By exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form, our design subverts the norms of immovable. It embraces and amplifies such distinctions, so that it speaks in response to the weather, and moves with the wind rather than trying to keep it at bay.”
Overall, the designers have achieved the effect that they were looking for although the longevity of such technological application leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully, further experiments will remove this flaw thereby allowing general population to enjoy such luxuries.
By: Vaibhav Sharma