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The Vanke Pavilion was designed by architects Studio Daniel Libeskind for the Chinese residential real estate giant, Vanke, who teamed up with Ramboll to work on this ambitious structure and make it a reality. The corporate pavilion contained a bamboo structure and Chinese artworks that explored the Expo Milan theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.


Structural complexities

With an almost cork-screw like shape and a façade composed of hundreds of ceramic tiles, the project had the potential to be both high-cost and lengthy, so Ramboll’s Computational Design (RCD) team delivered a structural solution that simplified the construction process without compromising the design of the uniquely shaped building. In order to rationalise construction of the steel frame structure, the team developed an approach which used parametric modelling and coding techniques to digitally slice and analyse the pavilions structural design. Taking their inspiration from ship-building techniques, the RCD experts identified 25 unique structural shapes required to construct the building, allowing them to deliver a rational material response to an irregular structure.


Find out more about this remarkable project, including a construction video here

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Ramboll worked as lead technical consultant for the Mersey Gateway project.