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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Dragon Skin Pavilion in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong by Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

March 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

The Dragon Skin Pavilion is an architectural installation designed and built for the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture. The Pavilion utilises a newly developed environmentally friendly material called “post-formable” plywood, which incorporates layers of adhesive film to allow easy single-curved bending without the need for steam or extreme heat.  With no material loss, a CNC mill divided 21 of these 8×4 plywood sheets into eight identical squares, and accurately cut the unique connection slots that were programmed into the pavilion geometry by computer.

Interior Perspective (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

  • Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD
  • Project: Dragon Skin Pavilion
  • Location: Shenzhen Pavilion, Kowloon Park – Roof Garden 2, Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Design: EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture; Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)
  • Design Team: KristofCrolla (LEAD), Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD), Emmi Keskisarja (EDGE), PekkaTynkkynen (EDGE)
    Client: 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture
  • Project Dimensions: 4.5m (width) x 3.5m (depth) x 2.5m (height)
  • Photography: Dennis Lo Designs

Exterior Perspective by Night (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

Using one single mould, all panels were bent into the same shape, and within six hours the numbered shells were slotted into place without using any plan drawings, glue or screws. The underlying equilibrium surface geometry removed all internal forces and deformations from the pavilion, which became a self-supporting, free-standing, light-weight skin with highly tactile tectonic properties and unique lighting effects.

Interior Perspective (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

The structure challenges and explores the spatial, tactile, and material possibilities that architecture can offer by revolutions in digital fabrication and manufacturing technology. The Dragon Skin Pavilion redefines the role of architectural design in construction by actively working with the material’s basic properties and pushing its structural performance, while being aware of the aesthetic values and effects the system provides.

Interior Perspective (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

The pavilion is the product of a collaboration between the Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design (LEAD) and EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research (Tampere University of Technology, Finland). It was designed by KristofCrolla (LEAD), Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD), Emmi Keskisarja (EDGE), and Pekka Tynkkynen (EDGE) and builds upon expertise from a first prototype constructed during an architectural design workshop “Material Design & Digital Fabrication” at the Tampere University of Technology.

Interior Close-Up Shell Connection (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

Team Biography

Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD) is a Hong Kong – Antwerp based international architectural design and research practice founded in 2011 by KristofCrolla& Sebastien Delagrange. LEAD explores the potential of contemporary design techniques and fabrication technology within architecture. Recent HK projects include the award winning Shine Fashion Store in Causeway Bay.

Exterior Close-Up (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research serves as research infrastructure provider for the Tampere University of Technology School of Architecture, supports when looking for funding channels and assists in the preparation, administration and management of research projects at starting and on-going levels.

Exterior Close-Up by night (Image Courtesy Dennis Lo)

Interior view

Interior view

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