Plate Pavilion at The Malta Design Week

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Due to its connected nature, each panel supports and is supported by its neighboring panels. Because of that, no fixings or other falsework were needed during construction. As a result, the same forces that would bring the structure down are used to keep it up.

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The pavilion is a modern reinterpretation of a historical masonry structure. The material is distributed along the flow of forces, with the spaces between panels becoming a place for the modulation of light and wind. It becomes an example of historic architecture being embraced by modern technology, where a design’s performance goes beyond its initial requirements.

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Photos by Alex Attard, Toni Kotnik, and Steve DeMicoli.