London’s new pavilion #architecture

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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.

Originally featured on Inhabitat.com

Monocoque

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.

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