Laser cutting plays role in project at UK's new home for contemporary design

Cutting Technologies helped create a stunning pavilion at the newly relocated Design Museum in London.

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Cutting Technologies (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England) helped create a stunning pavilion at the newly relocated Design Museum in London. In partnership with the Royal College of Art (also in London), the pavilion was designed and assembled by Clementine Blakemore, who developed the pavilion in response to this year's theme—Open.

Designed in partnership with London-based engineering firm Structure Workshop, the pavilion is now on display and forms part of the inaugural program at the Design Museum, which re-opened in its new home on Kensington High Street on November 24, 2016.

Using 6mm aluminum, Cutting Technologies custom laser-cut connection pieces for securing the double-curve hyperbolic paraboloid beech roof. When joined together, the shape resembles a tent in the park—a nod to the roof inside the museum.

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Images credit: Luke Hayes courtesy of the Design Museum.

"This was a fantastic, collaborative project to work on, in one of the most important locations for the UK design industry," says Jane Robinson, director and co-founder of Cutting Technologies. The pavilion showcases how intelligent structure and engineering can be used to create something aesthetically outstanding and design-led when a team of experts come together."

"The combination of curatorial input from the Museum, creative and imaginative engineers, a very skilled carpenter, and 12 engaged post-graduate design students from the RCA allowed the project to become a really fertile ground for learning and exchange for everyone involved," Blakemore adds.

For more information, please visit www.cut-tec.co.uk.

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