Past Installation Ran from 18 May 2016 to 6 November 2016

Elytra Filament Pavilion

Inspired by beetles and fabricated by a robot, this striking garden pavilion kicked off the Engineering Season

This Garden installation by architects and engineers at the University of Stuttgart was inspired by the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra and constructed using a novel robotic production process.

Supported by

Volkswagen Group is proud to support the V&A’s Engineering Season. As a leading technology and sustainable focused automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen is convinced that the arts and culture are integral elements of a vibrant society. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire creativity worldwide.

Installation Highlights

001
Fabrication hall, Stuttgart, Germany, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1270
Elytra Filament Pavilion cells, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

029
Kuka robot weaving Elytra Filament Pavilion cell fibres, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

018
Kuka robot weaving Elytra Filament Pavilion cell fibres, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

015
Elytra Filament Pavilion cells, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1279
Close up of the cell fibres, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pavilionarriving
Elytra Filament Pavilion arriving at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cellsgrandentrance
Elytra Filament Pavilion arriving at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0627
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0673
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0677
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0684
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0710
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0755
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

0824
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A, 2016. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Map of visitor movement patterns, 27 may 2016
Elytra Filament Pavilion visitor movement map, 27 May 2016. © Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH

Thermal comfort map, 7 june 2016
Elytra Filament Pavilion thermal comfort map, 7 June 2016. © Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH

Features

Elytra Filament Pavilion
Elytra Filament Pavilion has been made possible with the support of numerous sponsors
With additional support from
Back to the top