Feast your eyes on this.
No, it’s not a beehive, but in terms of sustainable building, it is pretty sweet. This hexagonal beauty is KREOD, a wonder of eco-friendly organic architecture. The sustainable pavilion was designed by Chun Qing Li, the managing director of Pavilion Architecture.
Inspired by nature to coincide harmoniously with nature, the structure is comprised of three rearrangeable “seed pod” pavilions formed by a double curved wooden frame of open interlocking hexagons and a waterproof tensile membrane.
The wood frame is made from Kebony, a term used to describe soft woods made more durable by a process similar to pressure treating wood. Kebonization infuses sustainable soft woods prone to rot with furfuryl alcohol, a byproduct of sugar cane. This alcohol (which, unlike copper based chemicals often used in wood treating, is nontoxic) forms a resin that reinforces the cell walls of the softwood so that it can sustain exposure to the elements and be used outdoors; it can be applied to woods such as maple or pine. The result is a product that is stronger and infinitely more sustainable than rainforest hardwoods like teak, which are often coveted for outdoor applications, but the harvesting process of which involves the ripping up of large tracts of tropical rainforest.
I don’t mean to gush, but give me a moment to summarily laud the virtues of KREOD. Firstly, it’s waterproof and weatherproof, made out of cutting edge sustainable Kebony, whose durability actually makes it a cost-effective alternative to treated woods. Second, it’s interlocking hexagonal structure makes it easy to disassemble, stack, transport, and reassemble in any number of unique configuration. And finally… man it looks cool.
KREOD is normally at home in Greenwich Pavilion in London, but this March it will form the media and visitor center of Ecobuild, a huge annual event on sustainable design and construction in London. Next stop on its tour? My backyard! Or yours?