New installation at the V&A will grow and change its configuration

A new installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK is inspired by the forewing shells of flying beetles, and built using a robotic production process developed by the designers. The Elytra Filament Pavilion has been created by experimental German architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer.

The canopy is made up of forty hexagonal component cells of glass and carbon fibre, which weigh 45kg each and took around three hours to make. Elytra is a responsive shelter that will grow in response to visitor data collected by sensors in the canopy fibers. The pavilion will be on display until November 6th. You can learn more about it in the video below:

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