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Timothy Hatton reveals London Design Festival plans

[First look + plans] Timothy Hatton Architects (THA) has unveiled its design for the pavilion category of September’s London Design Festival.

Timothy Hatton Architects (THA) has unveiled its design for the pavilion category of September’s London Design Festival.

The west London practice has teamed up with Wales based company Concrete Canvas to develop a new version of a pliable textile material, which enables organic shapes to be produced.

Director Tim Hatton said: ‘The material’s properties, once saturated with water and allowed to set for two hours, becomes solid and possesses the same qualities as concrete.’

The structure, which will be built near to THA’s office in the courtyard of Portobello dock, measures 6m x 5m and is 2.5m high.

Hatton added: ‘the 5mm and 8mm thick roll of material can be assembled without the use of heavy machinery and inherently manoeuvred by hand reducing the cost of labour, believing the development of this material has tremendous potential in a multitude of applications.’

The pavilion, which will be used to exhibit structural designs from THA staff, has been constructed using a timber frame on which the concrete carpet can be shaped to produce smooth flowing contours.

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