Watch @icdstuttgart and @itke_stuttgart's Elytra Filament Pavilion for the @vamuseum's #vamengineeringseason come to life inside the fabrication hall. The final installation will comprise a vast canopy of 40 cells made from resin-coated, spun glass and carbon fibres, woven by a robot. On view in London next month. (🎥: @jessklingelfuss) #engineering #robotics
Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making. 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.
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. At select moments, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the Pavilion’s construction live throughout the Season as new cells are fabricated in-situ by a Kuka robot.