The Cube's mirrored interior
A collaboration between Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen, and roof window and skylight manufacturer, Velux, The Cube puts a spotlight on the beauty and wellbeing benefits of natural light.
Situated at the famed Observation Point on London’s South Bank, the cubed timber installation is a kind of kaleidoscope for both light and air, its mirrored interior reflecting the mosaic of skylights that make up the roof. Light and air pour in, and in the quiet interior, amongst sound scored by Danish musician Kasper Bjørke, visitors get a chance to rest, recuperate, and reflect.
Ramboll’s timber experts provided structural engineering services, working with the architect on the initial concept through to the detailed design of the CLT structure and connections for the timber supplier, KLH UK. Our structural team also designed the steel floor structure that supports the lightweight timber structure.
Working to a strict tight timeframe, the design process was completed in just six weeks to ensure the manufacture and delivery of the separate timber elements were ready to be constructed on site and completed in time for the festival.
“When approaching from a certain aspect, you don’t see all of the windows,” says Henning Larsen Design Director Eva Ravnborg. “… - this was the goal. So when you enter and experience the way the skylights magnify the daylight, it comes as a surprise.”
For those who can’t make it to the festival, The Cube was also designed to go on the move. Once the event is over, the pavilion will be disassembled and packed up to move to its next home.
Ravnborg continued, “Light in particular is something that changes everywhere you are in the world, and as Scandinavian designers this transitory quality is something we’re very aware of. Each place that houses the Cube will offer a completely different experience of the space and allow a different interpretation of its meaning.”
The Cube is open to visitors throughout the London Design Festival, 18-26 September 2021 from 11am – 7pm during the week and 10am-7pm on weekends. Or check out the Pavilion in an immersive digital experience.
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