LocationMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Founder & Principal ArchitectNuru Karim
Text description provided by the architects. Like languages, space/place making is a discipline that will comprise a number of variations that are characteristic of the people, social and geographic climate that they serve. For any object or idea to endure and in effect become timeless it must pass through a number of filters that measure its clarity and depth retaining the genetic structure from which they evolved. Over many millennia the organisms that inhabit this planet have gone through countless environmental filters that have shaped and continue to inform the shape of organisms today. Nature has provided this framework of constant improvement for us. The "Woven Thread Pavilion" designed by Nuru Karim Founder & Principal NU.DE, deploys natural design systems to weave a set of sinuous lines into three-dimensional space. This intercourse of design and systems in nature is manifested through 4 modules and can be incrementally grown based on site / environmental conditions. The Pavilion could potentially host a number of public space events and activities.
The “Woven Thread pavilion” breeds on the principle of biomimetics, using natural systems (phyllotaxis) as a point of departure. Phyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem (from Ancient Greek phýllon "leaf" and táxis "arrangement"). Phyllotactic spirals form a distinctive class of patterns in nature. The basic arrangements of leaves on a stem are opposite, or alternate = spiral. Leaves may also be whorled if several leaves arise, or appear to arise, from the same level (at the same node) on a stem. This arrangement is fairly unusual on plants except for those with particularly short internodes (source: Wikipedia).
The weave system is not based on elastic components used in traditional weaving technologies but using rigid thermoformed components to create a structural self-standing assembly. The idea is to interlace nature and architecture, enabling the design of hybridized, biological structures. In this process investigating nature is design research. And, the overall aim is to create new architectural species incorporating natural attributes ordered in performance, materials, digital technology and form.
The "Woven Thread Pavilion" deploys DuPont Corian “Deep Color Technology” material to weave a set of sinuous lines to create the pavilion design. The Pavilion design comprises of 4 nos modules and can be incrementally grown based on user requirements. The Pavilion could potentially host a number of activities and events, both active and passive in nature based on the constraints of the module size. The design process includes digital design tools and digital fabrication processes including CNC milling, creation of mould designs and thermoforming to complete the complex assembly. The design system is structural and supports its self-weight. Approx. 685 RFT of 30mm wide strips, 12mm thick DuPont Corian Material was used to create this sinuous Pavilion Design.