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.
Inspired by nature to coincide harmoniously with nature, the structure is comprised of three rearrangeable “seed pod” pavilions formed by a double curved wooden frame of open interlocking hexagons and a waterproof tensile membrane.
The wood frame is made from Kebony, a term used to describe soft woods made more durable by a process similar to pressure treating wood. Kebonization infuses sustainable soft woods prone to rot with furfuryl alcohol, a byproduct of sugar cane. This alcohol (which, unlike copper based chemicals often used in wood treating, is nontoxic) forms a resin that reinforces the cell walls of the softwood so that it can sustain exposure to the elements and be used outdoors; it can be applied to woods such as maple or pine. The result is a product that is stronger and infinitely more sustainable than rainforest hardwoods like teak, which are often coveted for outdoor applications, but the harvesting process of which involves the ripping up of large tracts of tropical rainforest.
Constructed of Kebony and 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. Structural engineers Ramboll UK worked alongside geometry consultants Evolute, AR18 and Tensilefabric to deliver this unique eye-catching structure.
“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
“Using Kebony Southern Yellow Pine for the KREOD pavilion was a great showcase for a sustainable and forward thinking construction method in the digital age. KREOD considers the environment and the lifecycle of the design work; the choice of material is highly innovative, simple, honest and eco-friendly.” – Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture
KREOD is a sustainable, portable, demountable and multi-functional indoor or outdoor exhibition space that will be installed in multiple locations within London. The project was led by Pavilion Architecture with its organic form inspired by nature, resembling a seed.
KREOD sits on castors that allow the structure to be moved and rearranged into different forms and spaces to create a versatile event space with practical considerations for transportation, storage, disassembly and reassembly.
The structure is made up of three reciprocal timber gridshells that implement a number of geometrical optimisation and fabrication algorithms that had not been previously applied to a real structure. The form is a creative response to the need for a building that can be easily erected and subsequently demounted by hand, using Kebony timber – a previously untried material – of a given size and limited thickness, and had to be delivered within a strict budget.
Using digital technology to its fullest, KREOD has been delivered in a collaborative manner with each member of the design team understanding the innovative work and challenges of the other contributors and designing accordingly.
Completed late in the summer of 2012, Tensilefabric and Fabricworks assisted Pavilion Architecture with the creation of this rather unique structure.
- The form itself is a geodesic structure, created from unique pieces of wood, individually CNC machined to follow the correct form. Each piece is then pinned to the next to create the inherently very strong shape that appears to curve smoothly in both directions.
- The fabric is fixed in place via a simple pocket detail on the outside of the fabric, tensioned back to the frame on each seam line, and trapped at each end.
- The structure is currently located at the 02, but watch out for it as it travels around London, raising the profile of the new company Pavilion Architecture, and providing exhibiting space for those who want to hire it!
Chun Qing Li – Pavilion Architecture:
KREOD is a unique, portable venue where companies, organisations and brands can present themselves in beautiful, powerful ways within a flexible, functional and dynamic space.
We believe that no two events are the same. The ideal venue should be capable of infinite adaptability to provide a unique setting for each new experience. It should resonate with the high quality and high expectations of its users.
KREOD will form the centrepiece of the busy public space, Peninsula Square between the Emirates Air Line and The O2 Arena – the official venue for the London 2012 Olympic Gymnastics, Basketball Finals and Wheelchair Basketball.
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.
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. Structural engineers Ramboll UK worked alongside geometry consultant Evolute, TensileFabric, Serge Ferrari, Targetti Poulsen and AR18 to deliver this unique eye-catching structure.
KREOD consists of three compartments and has a footprint of 60 square metres (3 x 20 square metres). It is 3.2 metres 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, disassembly and reassembly i.e. stackable components, modularity.
Project name: KREOD
Location: Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0PE, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51.500613, 0.005311
Type: Pavilion, Meeting / Conference / Banquet
Specific Use of Building: Temporary Exhibition Space
- Fabric: PVC Coated Polyester
- Frame: Timber – Kebony Southern Yellow Pine
- Fixings: S/S Fork Tensioners
Footprint Area: 20 sqm/each
Total floor Area: 60 sqm
Project Year: 2011-2012
Completion Year: unveiled on 18 September 2012
Client / Owner / Developer: Li Investments
Architects: Chun Qing Li – Pavilion Architecture – Seattle, Washington DC, USA
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.
Project Manager: Li Investments
Main Contractor: Li Investments
Geometry Consultant: Evolute
Tensile Material: Serge Ferrari
Tensile Manufacturer: TensileFabric
Text Description: © Courtesy of Chun Qing Li – Pavilion Architecture, Ramboll, Kebony, tensilefabric
Images: © Chun Qing Li – Pavilion Architecture, Jaap Oepkes, Kin Ho, Ed Kingsford, Evolute, Kebony