SUN PAVILION

STATUS

Complete

TEAM

Vedhant Maharaj
Ruvimbo Nyamupanedengu
Irene Sansalvadore Stewart

COLLABORATORS

Joe van Rooyen
QuickSILVA
Tarps for Africa

SUN PAVILION

2018, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Working with the iconic façade of one of Johannesburg’s treasured heritage hotels we were tasked with creating a floating canopy that responded to its grand entrance. Our aim was to design a piece of architecture that is responsive, functional and elegant.

The canopy is made up of two parts, a carefully bent structural steel frame and a highly engineered stretch tarpaulin fabric that forms a horse saddle, or hyperbolic-paraboloid, shape. The fabrication of the structure involved an intense process of engineered 3D modelling to attain simplicity in the final structure.