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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elytra Filament Pavilion visitor movement map, 27 May 2016. © Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH

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

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Elytra Filament Pavilion
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