Times Eureka Pavilion
When technological progress meets the need and inspiration for change, a new aspiring creation evolves. One of the Royal Botanical gardens has evolved to present the Times Eureka Pavilion, a unique construction built by Nex studio, which is a contribution to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the annual garden exhibition. Let’s explore its intricate design!
Royal Botanic Gardens New Pavilion
The story of Times Eureka pavilion is quite intriguing, as the Times asked Marcus Barnett Landscape Architects to design a unique garden pavilion, where technology meets eco-friendly approaches. In return, Barnett has asked famous Nex architecture company to help with architectural construction. Moreover, the initial client, Times has made a specific request to make an emphasis on Eureka magazine, which is a part of a bigger Times corporation.
The unique construction follows the sponge like structure, what mimicries the leaf capillaries. The structure is made from wood, where the 3D meets architectural and structural needs. As described by NEX Principal Alan Dempsey they extended the unique design concept of the garden by imitating the plant cells. It is interesting to note, that the final result is very intriguing, as the walls form the relationship with the inner environment, creating a harmony within the pavilion.
The plants for this exposition were specifically chosen to display the purpose of the pavilion. There are plants which play an important role in the modern society, plants that are of medicinal, commercial and industrial value, what highlights the fact that we could not survive without them. As say NEX architecture representatives: “The final structure was designed using computer algorithms that mimic natural growth and is intended to allow visitors to experience the patterns of biological structure at an unfamiliar scale. The primary structure is timber sourced from sustainable spruce forests with a glass panelled roof.”
The general impression of the pavilion, is as of a breathing organism that moves alongside you movement. The walls are made with timber and plastic cells, and the water which runs down the walls resembles exposed capillaries. One last thing: that the pavilion is constructed on the surface of recycled materials, and once it is transported to Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, nothing will stand out there. The current location of the pavilion is against the backdrop of Kew’s historical UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape.