Architecture office Margen-Lab recently completed the Endesa World Fab Condenser, a prefab bioclimatic dome pavilion that explores the exciting frontier of digital prefabrication and parametric design. Developed with the support of IAAC for the BCN FAB10 Congress, a global annual conference on digital fabrication, the prefab pavilion was designed globally with the help of the international Fab Lab Network community and then locally fabricated in Barcelona with 100% local, organically grown materials.
To symbolize the global network of digital fabricators, the design of the Endesa World Fab Condenser is based on a Dymaxion world map, a flattened projection of Earth created by Buckminster Fuller. The pavilion is thus made out of 20 triangular components, each fabricated with CNC machines and then folded together into a textile igloo. Using an algorithm that was created in two months, the initial icosaedron shape was modified to maximize natural ventilation and minimize solar heat gain.
Constructed from OSB wood and linen, the pavilion was prefabricated in just five days and assembled in four. Inside, the perforated wooden floor promotes airflow and the raised contour-like seating make the space conducive to social gatherings. The sail-like linen skin allows natural light to filter into the space during the day and transforms the pavilion into a glowing lantern-like structure at night. A small wooden deck also surrounds the pavilion.
Images by Adriá Goula