Ramboll took home the Technology Champion award at the 2018 ACE Consultancy and Engineering Awards last week. This award is great recognition of our pioneering work embedding digital innovation at the heart of the way we design, on a variety of different applications from offsite manufacturing appraisals to our gantry design automation tools and RCD’s own Dynamic Masterplanning toolkit.
The KREOD Pavilion has won a coveted Structural Award at the prestigious ceremony at The Brewery in London. The awards are held annually by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) to celebrate excellence in structural engineering both in the UK and internationally. The KREOD Pavilion won the Small Project award.
KREOD Pavilion is a sustainable, portable, demountable and multi-functional indoor or outdoor exhibition space that was launched at Peninsular Square near the O2 and Emirates Airline at North Greenwich in London in 2012. Pavilion Architecture led the project.
KREOD’s organic form is inspired by nature, closely resembling a seed. It sits on castors allowing the structure to be moved and rearranged into different forms. Ramboll’s Computational Design (RCD) team contributed to the conceptual design of the pavilion, helping to translate the concept into a rational and buildable form using high technology and imaginative engineering – a creative design led by constraints on cost and appearance.
The team developed digital design techniques to model and shape the pavilion leading to a more efficient and buildable form. They also made innovative use of a reciprocal jointing system that can be fully dismantled and flat packed. The project saw the first use of Kebony a structural element, which required the Computational Design team to embark on a programme of material testing at Cambridge University.
The judging panel praised the KREOD Pavilion for its pioneering approach to creating a functional and demountable enclosure in a striking yet sustainable way:
“Once in a while developing new techniques and processes, coupled with imaginative and perceptive engineering skills, allow the realisation of a design that previously would not have been feasible or financially viable. Though temporary by nature, the KREOD Pavilion is a seminal structure, demonstrating the possibilities of the exoskeletal approach to permanent habitable buildings of the future”.
The KREOD Pavilion has secured a place on the 2013 Structural Awards shortlist. The Structural Awards are held annually by the IStructE to celebrate international excellence in structural engineering. KREOD has been shortlisted for the Small Projects award. The full shortlist can be found on the Structural Awards website.
Our KREOD proejct has been shortlisted for the BCI (British Construction Industry) awards in the Product Design/Innovation category. We are extremely pleased and congratulations to our collaborators Pavilion Architecture without whose vision and tenacity the project would not have moved forward in the way it did. The awards are announced on the 9th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The Surface Design Awards recognise progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in design projects, both in the UK and internationally. The awards also highlight the wealth of creativity and innovation in the industry.
KREOD is a sustainable, portable, demountable and multi-functional indoor or outdoor exhibition space. The project was led by Pavilion Architecture with its organic form inspired by nature, resembling a seed.
The structure sits on castors, allowing the structure to be moved and rearranged into different forms and spaces to create a versatile event space with practical considerations for transportation, storage, disassembly and reassembly.
The structure is made up of three reciprocal timber gridshells that implement a number of geometrical optimisation and fabrication algorithms that have not been previously applied to a real structure. The form is a creative response to the need for a building that can be easily erected and subsequently demounted by hand, uses Kebony timber – a previously untried material – of a given size and limited thickness, and had to be delivered within a strict budget.
Using digital technology to its fullest, KREOD was delivered in a collaborative manner with each member of the design team understanding the innovative work and challenges of the other contributors and designed accordingly.
The awards were presented at the Surface Design Show, which took place at London’s Business Design Centre.
Both the Trada and KREOD pavilions have been shortlisted for the Surface Design awards in the temporary structures category. The awards are announced on the 7th February 2013. Full details can be found here