Abingdon Pavilion was a live project in 2011 set up by Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with the Timber Research and Development Program (TRADA). The brief asked for a sustainable and simple wooden pavilion that can be constructed and taken apart within a short duration of time.
This design focused on the relationship between 2 different elements of wood; Light, delicate, and flexible and heavy, strong, and ridged. The model is composed of large laminated beams that counter leaver across the structure. Hanging underneath these beams is a flowing sheet of thin plywood. as the inhabitants walk through the pavilion they are wrapped in a warm, translucent membrane where they can experience light penetrating through the wood., enhancing the grain and emphasising the unique material properties of wood.
All the components of the pavilion are constructed from standard 2440mm x 1220mm plywood boards at varying thicknesses, allowing for zero material wastage during the project. The lightweight timber structure is also designed to be detachable and can be constructed in a variety of formations; this makes the pavilion easily movable and constructible within 24 hours.