Shellstar Pavilion by MATSYS

U.S. experimental architecture studio MATSYS have designed the Shellstar Pavilion in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Commissioned for Detour, an art and design festival in Hong Kong, the pavilion was designed to be an iconic gathering place for the festival attendees.

The lightweight temporary pavilion is designed to maximize its spatial performance while minimizing structure and material.

Working fully within a parametric modelling environment, the design was quickly developed and iterated with the 6 weeks of design, fabrication, and assembly.

The form emerged out of a digital form-finding process based on the classic techniques developed by Antonio Guadi and Frei Otto, among others. The cell orientation was analyzed and then rotated to align the flutes of the Coroplast material with the principal bending direction of the surface.

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