A free form structure made from geo-textile called the Fibrous Shell Pavilion has been initiated to replace traditional pavilions by a Japanese designer. The structure made possible due to path breaking developments in the fields of resin technology, can form part of any natural set-up whether as a refuge in the woods, picnic retreats in the parks, solitary cover amid shallow water bodies or exhibition pavilion depots. Ideally made to fulfill projects that is impermanent in nature and made under controlled budget, the pavilion uses minimal surface geometry and is completely bio-degradable and recyclable.
The current global concerns demand architectural designs that are sustainable and protects our environment while also consents for natural fibers over artificial ones. In keeping with this interest, Pablo Damian Kohan has designed the Fibrous shell pavilion to create a natural shelter option with bio-degradable materials, resounding tranquility and of course, a safe haven to its inhabitants. The shelter has been processed from fully biodegradable resins created from the waste accumulated from the paper industry, namely, pine trees. The bio-resins have been treated with natural fibers like jute, coir etc and turned into a naturally durable fiber through a process called as the vacuum resin infusion technique that can facilitate the landscaping industry in a more ecological manner. This material bears cheaper production costs and is lightweight too. Damian in his project has utilized the material thus prepared the shelled pavilion.
The shell is created by draping several layers of the geo-textile over four bamboo scaffoldings each 8 ft tall. The hyperbolic display is then treated with the bio-resin and designed to have a dome type shape with four support legs. While fixing this structure on the designated location the two of the legs are filled with soil post-landscaping to provide a sturdy base to hold up the entire free-form structure in place and provide a cozy shelter for people to seek shelter from weather elements. Furthermore, Damian assures that assembling of the entire unit requires very little team work and efficiency and after its purpose is served the entire unit can be cut down into sections and recycled to produce other resin based products.