The Faraday Pavilion, designed for Roskilde Festival 2012, is an installation that provides a place for people to rest, to meet, to eat and to socialize between concerts. The pavilion creates a space to sit on benches and to lie on the grass that is protected from the large surrounding crowds. The design, which draws conceptually on the experiments and theories of Michael Faraday, comprises three seating ‘poles’ which generate a larger field of approximately 30x40m, whose extents and geometry is defined by a non-standard FRP gridshell. The geometry of the gridshells does not follow a standard grid, but instead is determined by a form-finding process that incorporates the bending capacities and behavioural tendencies of the material into a digital design model at multiple scales.
The design of the pavilion comprises of 7 elastic gridshells. Elastic gridshells actively use the bending properties of their material, here Fiberline’s 40mm FRP structural section, to quickly build light and strong structures made from continuous straight profiles. As opposed to most gridshells, where the structure is assembled flat and then raised into shape, this gridshell is incrementally erected.
Paul Nicholas (CITA), Ali Tabatabai (WEM3)
Christoph Gengnagel (UDK), Elisa Lafuente Hernández (UDK)
The Faraday Pavilion was built with the generous support of Fiberline Composites and Hempel Paint. The research is also supported by Det Frie Forskningsråd (FKK) – Postdoctoral Grant ‘Designing Material, Materialising Design’ for Paul Nicholas, 2011-2012
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