Chelsea Flower Show will be graced with a special pavilion, which has been designed to illustrate its dedication towards science. Eureka, a monthly magazine in UK, chose landscape Architect Marcus Barnett to bring this unique concept to life. Named the “Eureka Pavilion,” the gazebo will leave onlookers in a state of awe.
The ingenious architect further joined hands with, Buro Happold (an engineer) and London architects NEX Architecture to come up with a stunning shape. The primary structure of this pavilion has been crafted from timber. A sheet of glass has been meticulously placed on the top, which acts like a roof through which sunlight can peek in. The design has been inspired from the capillaries and cellular structure of plants. Thick tube-like structure, resembling a large, divided leaf, forms the core supporting structure of the pavilion. The inner shell has been fitted with a second layer of timber, which keeps it intact.
The structure has been skillfully fashioned to make sure water doesn’t collect on the roof. Rainwater seeps through the capillary tubes and runs into the ground. The whole pavilion stands on a timber raft, which allows easy transportation from one pace to the other. There is no need to wedge the construction in the ground as it stands steadily on the raft. To keep it closer to the floor, sand is packed in empty spaces, which acts like a weight and doesn’t let the frame move.
Eureka Pavilion beautifully impersonates the capillaries present in a leaf. The shelter will grace the area it is positioned at, with its unusual outline.