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Gallery | Arup teams up with AHEC for London Design Festival

Fm ldf waugh thistleton multiply v&a pavilion hq 180521

Arup is teaming up with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Waugh Thistleton Architects to create a modular cross-laminated tulipwood pavilion.

Set to be displayed in the Sackler courtyard of the V&A from 15 September, the MultiPly will be one of the London Design Festival’s Landmark projects.

Made of 17 modules with digitally fabricated joints, the maze-like structure will be assembled like an item of flat-packed furniture.

Designed to “encourage visitors to re-think the way we design and build our homes and cities”, Arup’s project director Carolina Bartram said that despite looking simple the project is a “complex engineering challenge”.

“Continuing our exploration of hardwood CLT on installations such as The Timberwave, The Smile and Endless Stair, MultiPly provides a playful opportunity to experiment and innovate with this tactile and adaptable material,” Bartram said.

“The seemingly simple series of stacked boxes are a complex engineering challenge, made more interesting by the fact the sculpture sits on the newly completed, elegant Sackler Courtyard at the V&A.

“It is a privilege that as engineers for the Sackler Courtyard, we are also contributing engineering designs for Multiply.”

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