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 installation is now closed at V&A South Kensington

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

Features

Elytra Filament Pavilion
Elytra Filament Pavilion has been made possible with the support of numerous sponsors
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