Crafting Innovation: Design, Engineering and Construction
Natasha Reid, ARUP and Grassroot Garden worked in close collaboration in order to realise the concept design to delivery. By drawing from the team’s differing realms of expertise, the pavilion’s innovative form elegantly encompasses design and artistic intent, engineering and buildability. Specialist input from timber material sponsors, Coillte Panel Products and CNC-machining sponsors, Timbmet, has been invaluable in developing the design according to the specificities of SmartPly OSB and the sophisticated manufacturing processes. 


Natasha Reid, Designer, “Working closely as an interdisciplinary team has enabled the pavilion to develop in a way far beyond what could possibly have been imagined when I first received the commission.  The adaptability and rationalisation which has been embedded has in itself an inherent beauty in its clarity and the iterative collaborative process has brought an added depth and richness to the project"  


Rory O’Malley, Senior Engineer, Arup stated, “Although the EFR pavilions appear random and organic, we used parametric modelling tools to manipulate the geometry, optimising both buildability and structural performance. The main emphasis of our work was to ensure the assembly of the freeform structure would be simple and repetitive to suit the strict build time available. We are truly delighted with the results and very much look forward to legacy phase of the pavilion”


Thomas Prospert, Graduate Engineer, Arup commented, “Having taken part in the design as well as the construction process of the EFR was very rewarding. The incredible ease and pace at which the pavilions were put together showcased the merits of the design process and the focus that was put on buildability. It was pleasing to see that such a stunning structure can be created from such an ordinary material”.


“We are delighted to be involved in a project with such a creative humanitarian focus. Wood-based panel products such as SmartPly, which is sustainably sourced and legally documented, offer reliability – both in performance and credentials – for structural projects. This is overlaid nicely with the importance of structures as a refuge which contribute to the sustainability of societies.”

George Watson, Product Manager for SmartPly at Coillte Panel Products


“We relished the challenge of working with the design team on this unique project.  With in-house programming skills, powerful CAD software and on-site CNC, cutting and machining facilities for any sized boards, we were able to cut and deliver this intricate design to meet the tight delivery deadline.” -

Timbmet Marketing Director, Liz Richards

Embassy for Refugees pavilion,

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

© 2013 by Natasha Reid