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Golden Honey Scape Pavilion Mimics a Giant Honeycomb in Portugal

by , 07/03/12



Gonçalo Castro Henriques, Honey Scape, Architecture, Digital Fabrication, Portugal, Ponte de Lima, honeycomb, biotech art, green design, urban design, sustainable design, eco-design, X-REF

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.

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All images Alexandre Delmar / JF Fotografia

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