Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP are collaborating to present ‘MultiPly’, a modular cross-laminated tulipwood pavilion, in the Sackler courtyard of the V&A from 15th September.
‘MultiPly’, one of London Design Festival’s Landmark projects, will be comprised of a maze-like series of interconnected spaces that overlap and intertwine, and will encourage visitors to re-think the way we design and build our homes and cities.
The three-dimensional structure will be built out of a flexible system, made of 17 modules of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber with digitally fabricated joints. Like a piece of flat-packed furniture, it will arrive as a kit of parts and will be simply and quietly assembled in under a week. Because it is built out of modules, the pavilion can be taken apart and reassembled in a new home after the London Design Festival.
‘MultiPly’ confronts two of the current age’s biggest challenges: the dire need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change and presents the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials as a solution.
The 9-metre high American tulipwood installation promises to be fun and playful. The labyrinthine spaces will lead visitors through a series of stairs, corridors and open spaces, inviting them to explore the potential of wood in architecture. In the evenings, with subtle lighting, the pavilion will become a quiet and contemplative space, allowing visitors to reflect on the beauty of its natural material.
“Waugh Thistleton Architects has been pioneering innovative uses of wood in construction for decades. ‘MultiPly’ explores a new, more sustainable way of building, bringing together a readily available carbon-negative material – American tulipwood – with modular design,” says David Venables, European Director of AHEC.
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