Zaha Hadid Creates Prefabricated Volu Dining Pavilion For Design Miami

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Design Miami 2015: architects Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher have designed a short-term dining pavilion shaped like an open clam shell and manufactured only from sheet material.

Dining pavilion by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at Design Miami 2015

Hadid and Schumacher’s team employed computational design to produce the pavilion, which is constructed from laser-cut and perforated steel surfaces, aluminium box sections and timber loops.

Dining pavilion by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at Design Miami 2015

“Defined by digital processes, the pavilion has been developed in this kind of a way that its parts are, at most, singly curved,” stated the London-based practice.


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Volu appears to be made from a steady piece, and features an oval roof that tilts downwards above diners like a mushroom cap. The skeleton of the three.2-metre-tall construction houses lower-out irregularly-shaped sections that kind a pattern across the roof and the supporting stem.

Dining pavilion by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at Design Miami 2015

The pattern is repeated in the floor of the twenty-square-metre pavilion, though the gaps have been filled with wooden boards.

“Comprised of a series of structural bands collecting at the spine and expanding overhead, the patterning of the pavilion is guided by the varied structural loading situations,” said the practice in a statement.

Dining pavilion by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at Design Miami 2015

“By way of the evaluation of the geometry beneath load, the pavilion’s framework and skin have been digitally optimised to eliminate pointless material, resulting in the lightest attainable style answer — following an natural structural logic that recreates several of the exact same concepts identified in nature.”

The structure houses a circular wooden dining table, accompanied by 3 curved benches that can seat up to ten diners.

The piece has been commissioned by residence developer Robbie Antonio for his ongoing Revolution project, which invites worldwide architects and designers to create prefabricated residing spaces.

Video displaying the layout and building method of the Volu pavilion 


The task has already witnessed temporary spaces made by names like Ron Arad, Kengo Kuma and Sou Fujimoto.

Volu is put in inside the collector’s lounge at this year’s Design Miami fair, which is taking place from two to six December 2015. A sculptural table by Janne Kyttanen and loopy chairs by ArandaLasch are also on show at the event.

Hadid at present has a higher-rise residential tower under building in Miami, and was selected by the City of Miami Beach to design and style a parking garage at Collins Park in 2011.


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