With the criteria that this pavilion had to be prefabricated and disassemblable (with the idea to tour other international locations), the design process changed. The joinery had to be completely rethought. The bamboo had to be pre-cut to millimetric precision and categorized before being shipped. The shrinkage of the bamboo diameter while it travels overseas had to be taken into account when we designed, dimensioned and fabricated the metal joinery. All the angles of the bamboo unions had to be calculated, the radii of the curved pipes had to be determined, all to third decimal precision. There was no space for error: all of the thousands of pieces had to be perfect and ready to mount when the site opened for construction in Arles, France.
We worked intensely, and in parallel, with the engineering and construction team in France to develop the project and bring it to fruition. Our in house design team at the time was only 2 people, Simon with a pencil in hand and Stefana, handling the computers and detailed technical drawings for production. The engineer and construction manager in France were following in parallel with all their heavy work and open minds, as we were all embarking on doing something completely new.
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