Designed by NEX, Eureka Pavilion at Chelsea Flower Show is located in London, United Kingdom. Embedded in a splendid garden bursting with beneficial flora – be it for medicinal, commercial or industrial usage – is a sculptural shelter based on the biomimicry of leaf capillaries.
The completed pavilion is composed of a number of thick tubular fronds which form the basic supporting structure, inset with secondary timber cassettes that hold the cladding. All four walls and the roof are clad with plastic ‘cells’, enabling rainwater to run through the capillary tubes into the ground. When the structure is relocated, no building materials will remain in the ground, as at present the pavilion is simply seated on a timber raft constructed from 400m deep spruce beams, the spaces between which are filled with sand ballast to weight the structure to the floor.