En+ Group and the Victoria and Albert museum have announced a partnership to produce an immersive pavilion for the London Design Festival.
“Between Forests and Skies” is a pavilion made from aluminium with the world’s lowest carbon footprint produced using En+ Group’s unique inert anode technology. It aims to draw the attention to the fundamental role of low-carbon raw materials in creating a more sustainable world, as well as the importance of low-carbon aluminium – a key enabler of more sustainable economic development and a ‘green’ recovery worldwide.
As a light, durable, and almost infinitely recyclable material, aluminium is critical for a number of emerging market segments : e-mobility, urban mobility, greener building and construction, ‘green’ cables for renewable energy, and more sustainable packaging.
The pavilion will be positioned in The John Madejski Garden at the V&A from 18 September to 17 October to coincide with London Design Festival (18 to 26 September).
The innovative design uses a minimal volume of material to create a seemingly delicate yet robust structure to demonstrate the unique qualities of aluminium. Working with sheet material and through minimal cuts and bends, the designers, Nebbia Works, will transform a 2D object into a complex 3D forest-like space. At the V&A, visitors will be able to enter and interact with pavilion, offering a new perspective to The John Madejski Garden as well as a moment of reflection between the forest of aluminium legs and upwards to the sky through the complex cut and fold form of the structure.
Lord Barker, Executive Chairman of En+ Group, said:
"The pavilion is made from the lowest carbon aluminium ever produced, using breakthrough technology and the power of water. This method of production reinforces aluminium as the material with which we will sustainably build our future thanks to its infinite recyclability and capacity to be produced in line with a green economy."Lord Barker, Executive Chairman of En+ Group
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said:
“As the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, the V&A is approaching the climate crisis with creativity and optimism to inspire the next generation. We have a responsibility to explore the ideas and realities of what environmental sustainability means across generations, locations and societies. As the one-time Museum of Manufacture, we are proud to be partnering with En+ on this innovative material exploration of low carbon aluminium, and we look forward to seeing this exciting pavilion on display at the V&A for London Design Festival.”Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A
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