Zaha Hadid and her ZHA colleague Patrik Schumacher have designed a dining pavilion shaped like an open clam shell.
Created for Design Miami 2015 their team used computational concept to create the pavilion, known as Volu, which is built from laser-cut and perforated steel surfaces, aluminium box sections and timber loops.
The piece has been commissioned by property developer Robbie Antonio for his Revolution project, which invites international architects and designers to create prefabricated living spaces.
It has already seen temporary spaces designed by top names including Sou Fujimoto, Ron Arad and Kengo Kuma.
ZHA said: “Defined by digital processes, the pavilion has been developed in such a way that its components are, at most, singly curved.”
Volu appears to be made from a continuous piece of material. It features an oval roof that tilts down over the dining area.
“Comprised of a series of structural bands collecting at the spine and expanding overhead, the patterning of the pavilion is guided by the varied structural loading conditions,” said ZHA
“Through the analysis of the geometry under load, the pavilion’s structure and skin have been digitally optimised to remove unnecessary material, resulting in the lightest possible design solution — following an organic structural logic that recreates many of the same principles found in nature.”
The outer shell houses a circular wooden dining table, accompanied by three curved benches that can seat up to ten diners.