Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

The Ongreening Pavilion

Harding, John; Pearson, Will; Lewis, Harri; Melville, Stephen


John Harding
External Adviser / Panel Member - SAS

Will Pearson

Harri Lewis

Stephen Melville


P Block

J Knippers

NJ Mitra

W Wang


This paper describes the work of Ramboll Computational Design during the design and construction of the Ongreening Pavilion timber gridshell. The structural approach involved form-finding bending-active timber laths, connected at intersections to form a doubly curved shell. The resulting form was simple to fab-ricate and assemble, realised using 6.5mm thick Finnish birch plywood laths that could achieve high curvature while maintaining desired strength. Due to the ran-dom nature of the final lath topology, the resulting structure was extremely stiff in spite of its low material weight, acting similarly to a continuous monocoque. The fully demountable shell was first erected at Ecobuild 2014 in London.


Harding, J., Pearson, W., Lewis, H., & Melville, S. (2015). The Ongreening Pavilion. In P. Block, J. Knippers, N. Mitra, & W. Wang (Eds.), Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014 (295-308). Springer.

Conference Location London, UK
Acceptance Date Jul 16, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 295-308
Book Title Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014
ISBN 9783319114170
Keywords Ongreening Pavilion, gridshell, Ecobuild 2014
Public URL
Publisher URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014