Live Fabrication of the Elytra Filament Pavilion




Thu 11am- 3pm

Free Event

Free, Drop-In



Come and see the Kuka robot making a new component for the canopy of the Elytra Filament Pavilion and meet the engineers behind the installation. 

Elytra is a responsive shelter that is growing in size at key moments during the V&A Engineering Season. Sensors in the canopy fibres collect data on how visitors inhabit the pavilion and monitor the structure’s behaviour, ultimately informing where the canopy grows and the shape of new components. Made of glass and carbon fibre, each component is fabricated using a unique robotic winding technique developed by the designers. 

Created by Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann (ICD University of Stuttgart / Achim Menges Architect), Jan Knippers (ITKE University of Stuttgart / Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering), Thomas Auer (Transsolar Climate Engineering / TUM)

Part of the V&A Engineering Season

Supported by Volkswagen Group
With additional support from Tideway

London Design Festival at the V&A

The London Design Festival at the V&A

For 2017, the Festival will continue its unique collaboration with the world’s leading Museum of art, design and performance. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the eighth year, the V&A will again house a broad range of commissioned activity which will be spread throughout the Museum and include installations, events, talks and workshops.

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