Bond University’s architecture teachers and students built a honeycomb LED installation for Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival. Cellular Tessellation is a 3.3-meter high S-shaped pavilion made from 380 cells, each with a unique position within the structure. The pavilion will be put up for sale after its showing at the festival from 23 May to 9 June, 2014.
Cellular Tessellation was built by Bond Architecture staff and students, who had to fit together 1,200 laser-cut pieces and 3,000 bolts and plywood spacers. The interesting fact about the installation is that no two cells are the same shape or size. The team wanted to create a design that would feature a large diversity of elements but still fit together with absolute precision. Thanks to advances in design and fabrication technology, the team was able to build a tunnel-like pavilion that is expected to attract over 800,000 viewers and festival visitors.
To make Cellular Tessellation fit into the context of the event, the team threaded the structure with 200 meters of strip LED, which counted around 4,500 lights. This layer was sealed with a skin made from weather-resistant HDPE plastic.
The concept and design of the structure is the brainchild of professor Chris Knapp, Assistant Professor Johnathan Nelson and Master student Michael Parsons and Fabrications Laboratory Manager Nathan Freeman from the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture, who worked together with Byron-based consulting engineer, Phil Wallace. After the festival, which concludes today, June 9, 2014, Cellular Tessellation will become available for sale. Will it be yours?