HEXigloo is a recyclable and biodegradable cardboard pavilion that recently popped up in the streets of Bucharest, Romania. The honeycomb-shaped structure is the result of a seven day workshop organized by Tudor Cosmatu, Irina Bogdan and Andrei Raducanu, with the help of renowned guest tutors Andrei Gheorge (Angewandte, Vienna), Alexander Kalachev (DIA, Dessau) and Bence Pap (Zaha Hadid Architects, London). 55 students learned the basic principles of parametric design and used them to plan and construct the surprising ephemeral installation.
The HEXigloo cardboard pavilion features an organic repetitive pattern that mimics the cellular structure of honeycombs. The recyclable honeycomb cells are attached to each other using standard plastic fasteners, and the entire structure was assembled over the course of seven days and nights of continuous work.
It was built using a methodical process – the first step was to map a hexagonal grid onto a pre-modeled surface. The mapped hexagons were then extruded vertically to make a binding surface. Finally, the entire structure was reinforced to make it more rigid, stable and long-lasting.
The interior of the HEXigloo provides a welcoming, bright atmosphere, for young and not-so-young Bucharest residents to enjoy. The pavilion’s multiple hexagonal windows provide plenty of daylight and resemble cardboard stalactites. The cardboard used for the ephemeral igloo is 6 mm thick, and it took approximately 2200 laser-cut linear meters and two teams of participants to assemble and erect the 3D structure within a span of 80 hours.
Check out the video below to find out exactly how HEXigloo was made!
Images © Bence Pap