London 2018 – Carbon-neutral buildings could really make a difference. Waugh Thistleton Architects created MultiPly, a sustainable and interactive modular maze-like installation in The Sackler Courtyard at the Victoria & Albert Museum during London Design Festival.
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The three-storey pavilion comprises a series of modular cube-shaped rooms all connected together. “The structure will lead people a merry dance up and down staircases and across bridges exploring space and light,” says Andrew Waugh. “The experience will provide previously unseen framed glimpses of the V&A and the courtyard below.”
The pavilion delves into two of the current global challenges: housing and climate change . Waugh Thistleton Architects decided to use modular systems and a responsible choice of materials as a vital solution.
MultiPly is made from 111 panels of CLT – a type of engineered wood that is much stronger than standard timber – locking in 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide. “This means that all the emissions from making and transporting the raw materials are offset, making MultiPly a carbon-neutral structure.”
The three-dimensional permeable structure was built out of a re-usable panel system made with 60 cubic metres of American Tulipwood. “With Multiply we wanted to explore ways in which modular architecture can be developed and enjoyed,” Explain at Waugh Thistleton Architects.
Waugh Thistleton Architects is a Shoreditch based architectural practice producing thoughtful and sustainable projects in its own neighbourhood and beyond. The practice is a pioneer in timber engineering as well as in the field of tall timber buildings.
Photos by David Parry and Matt Alexander/PA Wire and Andy Stagg – courtesy of London Design Festival.