This 2,500 sqm. Mind Zone Exhibition Pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the UK’s Millennium Dome back in 2000. Zaha is a consistant proponent of advanced material experimentation, and this somewhat early example is no exception. The facade glows with the use of a new panel system, a colored, translucent FRP panel sandwiching an aluminium honeycomb inner layer. I am now on the hunt for later examples of this combination in architecture, as it seems to be a provocative take on the more typical balsa core between layers of FRP.
From the architect’s website:
“The design strategy avoids being overtly pedagogical and is rather interactive and thought provoking. It was because of this underlying premise that artists were proposed as the main exhibitors. Structurally the exhibit integrates the content with the usage of evolutionary materials. Its materiality is focused on the synthetic, the mind made materials of the present. The brief to create a continuous floor / wall / soffit has produced a unique lightweight transparent panel made from glass fiber skins with an aluminium honeycomb structure. Similarly the base steel structure is layered with translucent materials, which seek to create an ephemeral temporalquality befitting an exhibition with a design life of one year.”
Photos via Zaha Hadid Architects.