Gonçalo Castro Henriques of X-REF won an international landscape design competition to realize Honey Scape - an inspiring temporary pavilion for Ponte-Lima, Portugal that looks like a gigantic golden honeycomb. Ensuring a harmonious relationship between the installation and surrounding green space was an important aspect of the brief. Also, just as many bees are required to make a honeycomb, several self-organizing and cooperative hands were required for this ahem sweet project to reach fruition.
Honey Scape is a dreamy temporary pavilion made of interlocking hexagonal sheets (or combs) of alveolar polycarbonate that create a dazzling display of light and shadow. “The combs act in part as the voussoirs of a parabolic arc supporting each other,” the designers explained. This allows them to “adopt a configuration of a double curvature surface… and adjust its size to their relative position in the structure.”
The components were digitally fabricated and constructed on site using metal connectors and a cable system. The resulting low-tech, 280 square meter pavilion commissioned by the municipality of Ponte de Lima and completed earlier this year heralds a new type of bio-tech art. Its main purpose, in addition to introducing a new aesthetic into the public realm, is to establish ultimate synergy between people and the built and natural environment.
All images Alexandre Delmar / JF Fotografia