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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