London’s new pavilion #architecture


Make Architects have used aircraft and yacht technology to create a striking pavilion for a downtown public space in London, UK.

Set in the Square Mile, the Portsoken Pavilion is a cafe space for social-enterprise and community uses.

The pavilion’s structure is formed from a prefabricated monocoque (see definition below) and is cladded in Corten steel. Corten is a group of steel alloys that is characterized by its oxidization or rusting to give it a rich bronze textured finish.

The folding structure sails over simple glazing to create an elegant sculpture in the heart of London’s business centre.

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also structural skin, is a structural system where loads are supported through an object’s external skin, similar to an egg shell. The word monocoque is a French term for “single shell” or (of boats) “single hull”. First used in boats, a true monocoque carries both tensile and compressive forces within the skin and can be recognised by the absence of a load-carrying internal frame.