Project Description

A unique demountable pavilion concept created in engineered timber. The form of the cone is produced using stacked timber cassettes supported by discreet steel rings to create the striking hollow form. The use of CLT was chosen to take advantage of C.N.C machining. This allowed the cassette to define both the constrained and striated exterior form as well as the free-formed, curved interior. This project marks the use of C.L.T in both an unconventional configuration and environment, paving the way for more widespread adoption of this sustainable material.

Judge’s comments

The project demonstrates the possibilities of using timber in a physically hostile environment. It is an atypical structure where new ideas for designing and building come to play.

The use of high-end computer technologies enabled the definition of form, the structural analysis and ultimately the manufacture of various building components.

The project was the result of an intrinsically collaborative team of individuals with skills ranging from conceptual visualisation and technical analytical capability, to manufacturing knowledge and construction organisation, demonstrating the creative power of a fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary team.

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Atelier One

Client Name

  • UK Department of International Trade


  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Es Devlin, Veretec

Principal Contractor

  • Pico

Key Contractors

  • Avantgarde Marketing Ltd. – Design Team Lead and Exhibition

    Atelier Ten Ltd. – Services and Environmental 

    McLaren – Sub-contractor

    Rubner – Specialist Timber Contractor

Year Submitted

  • 2022

Key attributes

  • Process, Profession

    Photography credits: Alin Constantin