Using state-of-the-art parametric design tools and digital fabrication, KREOD brings together some of the most talented designers, engineers and innovative materials to challenge current thinking and showcase sustainable and forward-thinking building methods. Designed by Chun Qing Li of Pavilion Architecture, KREOD will be located next to Peninsula Square, between Emirates Air Line and The O2 at Greenwich Peninsula now until January 2013 . More images and architects’ description after the break.
The brainchild of Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture, KREOD is an innovative architectural sculpture, organic in form, environmentally-friendly and inspired by nature. Resembling three seeds, these three 20m2 pods combine through a series of interlocking hexagons to create an enclosed structure that is not only magnificently-intricate but secure and weatherproof. KREOD functions beautifully both as an architectural landmark and an imaginative exhibition space – its three pods can be combined in a variety of configurations or installed as free-standing forms.
KREOD consists of three compartments and has a footprint of 60 square meters (3 x 20 square meters). It is 3 meters high. The structural design aims to show a sustainable and forward thinking building method in the digital age, challenging the new way of thinking, designing, engineering, fabricating and installing. The design will have the practical considerations for transportation, store, dis-assembly and reassembly i.e. stackable components, modularity.
Structural engineers Ramboll UK worked alongside geometry consultant Evolute, AR18 and Tensilefabric to deliver this unique eye-catching structure. Constructed of Kebony – the award-winning sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood and preservative treated wood – the wooden structure of KREOD is durable, resistant, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, easily-maintained and beautifully aesthetic. KREOD is the latest UK showcase for Norwegian Global Cleantech 100 company Kebony AS, which is rapidly becoming the choice of leading architects, builders and developers.
KREOD pavilion will consider the environment and the life cycle of the design work. For example, the choice of material will be sustainable, recyclable and eco-friendly timber. KREOD also could be utilized as a media center, popup bar, marketing and event space during and beyond the London Olympic Games 2012. KREOD will be sold as an indoor/outdoor feature i.e office meeting pod, garden feature, bike shed. It will be a very sustainable way to extend the life of the pavilion beyond the exhibition.
This is what Pavilion Architecture believes:- Architecture is inclusive and highly collaborative. Our innovative application of experience and knowledge sharing enables us to create design solutions – aesthetically, functionally, economically and environmentally friendly. “Architecture is our passion; we are committed to hands-on experience, research and use of advanced technologies, engagement with sustainability, and all aspects of creating great architecture.” – Chun Qing Li
Designer: Chun Qing Li at Pavilion Architecture Location: Greenwich Peninsula, London, UK Project Manager: Li Investments Main Contractor: Li Investments Engineer: Ramboll Geometry Consultant: Evolute Tensile Material: Serge Ferrari Tensile Manufacturer: TensileFabric Timber: Kebony Client: Li Investments Project Partners: Li Investments, Kebony, Quintain, Greenwich Peninsula Partnership, Amazing Space, Ramboll, Evolute, Bentley, Uniform, Tensile Fabric, Serge Ferrari, HP, Targetti Poulsen, AR18, JT Consulting