Stage One based in Wetherby were approached to provide an alternative proposal for the manufacture and supply of a series of 500 complex curved façade panels. The panels were to be manufactured from Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP), a composite required for the external façade panelling of Mobile Art, the Chanel Contemporary Art Container designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
This unique touring pavilion houses a multisensory art exhibition displaying installations from 20 international contemporary artists. After its inauguration in Hong Kong, Mobile Art will visit major world cities including Tokyo, New York, London, Moscow and Paris until 2010.
The structure itself is complex, an organic and sculptural form consisting of a series of continuous arch shaped elements with a naturally lit, central 65m2 courtyard.
As 3D CAD experts Linmech were commissioned to provide the necessary data to allow each of the panels to be laminated up from a dedicated mould tool The design and manufacture of the structure was complex on many levels and posed some unique problems requiring unique solutions. Every single one of the 500 panels for the building exterior is different – not just in size but also in 3D geometry. Any given segment of the external structure could show, for example, very tight convex panels flowing through to highly complex concave panels, with the panel flanges also forming a strong feature of the exterior façade.
Initial Rhino data was transferred into our state of the art 3D systems and using a combination of Pro Engineer, Solid Edge and Inventor as well as AutoCAD all the required files were exported via IGES into Stageone’s 5 Axis cutter. All moulds were manufactured to issued drawings and checked for size and accuracy. Every mould also had a unique identity, allowing Stageone to constantly track the production progress