MultiPly Pavilion pops up for new London Architecture's Factory-Made Housing Season

by Cecilia Di Marzo
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MultiPly, the carbon-neutral, modular wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood that was the star of the London Design Festival, will have a new incarnation and a temporary home in South Crescent on London’s Store Street as part of a collaboration with New London Architecture.

Six of the 17 modules of the original structure have been moved from their first home at the V&A and be rebuilt in front of The Building Centre for NLA’s exhibition 'Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?'

"MultiPly is a bold and exciting demonstration of how innovative modular systems can be combined with sustainable materials, such as American tulipwood, to provide a much-needed solution to housing delivery in London,” says Lucie Murray, Senior Programme Curator at NLA. “This is the perfect tie-in to the current New London Architecture exhibition, Factory-made Housing: a solution for London? And we are delighted to bring the installation from the V&A to the crescent outside of The Building Centre for our audience to explore in the coming weeks.”

Explore the structure from 6-21 October. The NLA exhibition runs until 18 January 2019. 

A collaboration between AhecWaugh Thistleton Architects and ARUP, as part of London Design Festival 2018, that challenges how we build our towns and cities. Combining sustainable American tulipwood with innovative methods of modular construction, MultiPly confronts two of the current age’s biggest challenges – the pressing need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change.

During the day, the 9-metre high American tulipwood installation promises to be fun and playful. The labyrinthine spaces lead visitors through a series of stairs, corridors and open spaces, inviting them to explore the potential of wood in architecture. In the evenings, with subtle lighting, the pavilion becomes a quiet and contemplative space, allowing visitors to reflect on the beauty of its natural material.

MultiPly has a high level of permeability to allow views through to the facade and courtyard, but also to entice viewers into the structure, so that they can experience new, carefully considered views to the existing heritage facades of the V&A.

For AHEC, the structure underlines the potential for tulipwood CLT in the construction industry and its legacy could also add to the development of a larger scale engineered hardwood manufacturing sector in the U.S. itself.

Andrew Waugh commented that for Waugh Thistleton, the project has provided a huge platform for them to communicate the beauty and the massive potential for timber in construction and will help to drive the conversation around modular housing.


    MultiPly 11


    City of London / United Kingdom / 2018