NGV Pavilion Competition Entry - PLEAT PAVILION - Commendation
'Pleat Pavilion’ is a collaboration between architecture and textile design that looks to techniques in fashion and textiles to transform ordinary shade cloth material (PTFE) into an extraordinary piece of architecture. Incorporating the delicateness of garment techniques into architectural space via digital design and manufacturing processes. Using a pleat technique we demonstrate how a simple fold, when modelled and scripted parametrically can produce a couture like structure that bridges between garment and architecture. Pleating allows for the gathering of a wide piece of fabric into a series of furled and unfurled forms that will provide shelter and backdrop to the activities that occupy the space below. Unlike Moores “Draped Woman” where the drape is submissive to the form of the body, the pleat allows for fabric to take form independently from the body shape. The Pleat Pavilion will see visitors come close to the structure, physically interacting with it and reducing the distance between visitor and architecture. The canopy is supported through a system of tensile cables attached to central supports that will be obscured by the tree canopy making the pavilion seem as if it is floating over the public space. This entry received a commendation from the NGV Pavilion judges.