London’s “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open

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London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia - Luc Boegly

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London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

The eagerly anticipated 2016 Triumph Pavilion at the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA, next to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Childhood has now opened to the public with great applause. The Triumph Pavilion project is an annual showcase and on the whole a unique and exciting celebration of architecture and design. It encourages architectural experimentation and exploration including form, function and material. The Pavilion is also part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

Designed by Five Line Projects a talented, dynamic young practice based in London who happens to be the youngest practice to win and be selected to design the Triumph Pavilion.

The theme for this year’s Triumph Pavilion was energy, hence the title “Energy Pavilion” with community being the focus of the winning concept.

London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

The brief called for the provision of an inspirational and engaging structure or space based on the theme of “energy” where visiting architects, designers, families and the general public can stand, walk-through or seat around to admire and engage with each other to enjoy and share discussions about design or simply relax within the unique setting and space created by the Pavilion.

London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

Five Line Projects clever and enchanting architectural design addresses the difficulty of a comprehensive definition of energy because of its many forms with an interpretation that very much takes the site into context, is inclusive, interactive and accessible.

The Pavilion as a self-supporting structure measures approximately 2.75m in height and 64m² in area, constructed out of bamboo, stainless steel rods, timber and polished aluminium. Supported by solid steel brackets, structured steel ground anchors with carbon steel heads, the entire structure weighs approximately 9,000 kg (9 tonnes).

London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly
London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

The Pavilion is to be enjoyed by both visitors to the Museum Gardens as well as those to the V&A Museum of Childhood with views afforded by the great south windows.

London's “Energy Pavilion (Pinwheel)” is now open
© Sergio Grazia – Luc Boegly

Architect’s Vision and Theme Interpretation:

Inspired by the classic children’s toy, the pinwheel, the Pavilion is a catalogue of mills upheld by a forest of pillars. Each wheel is systematically aligned to the others on the rod pillar, so a spin of a single wheel triggers movement of the adjacent wheel signifying the idea that the action of a single individual triggers a chain reaction by a greater number, positively influencing the wider community.

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