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Armadillo, CLT Sound Pavilion

01 June 2024 - 18 July 2024

Site opening times 07:00 - 19:00

Trinity Buoy Wharf Quayside


Free launch event talks

Armadillo, a CLT Sound Pavilion, is a pioneering project that delves into the realm of innovative timber construction and acoustic design.

This project emerges from a collaboration between Xilinor, Houghton Music & Arts Festival, Unknown Works, Construkt CLT, Studio Allen, Rothoblaas, ARUP, Charcoalblue, Smart Space Group and Klimstar.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, it will be installed at Trinity Buoy Wharf contributing to the vibrant atmosphere of creativity and craftsmanship that defines the area. Celebrating the site's legacy of creativity and innovation, the pavilion's design features a new type of timber construction.

Following its exhibition at the London Festival of Architecture, the pavilion has been commissioned by Houghton Music & Arts Festival to exist as a permanent piece at the yearly festival in Norfolk

The pavilion is an amplifier. Responding to the LFA24 theme, the pavilion serves as a nexus for designers, performers, manufacturers, artists, musicians, and makers, exploring the temporary activation of public space through architecture and sound.

Visitors encounter a towering timber pavilion, meticulously crafted to acoustically enhance its surroundings and amplify sound outwards. Complementing the pavilion is an adjacent exhibition space, showcasing and sharing knowledge of the design, research and innovative materials and fabrication processes involved in its creation.

As a focal point for cultural exchange, the pavilion hosts a diverse array of engaging talks, immersive workshops, and captivating musical performances curated by Houghton Music Festival, demonstrating how every corner of the city can foster sustainability, equity, and collaboration.

Designed for disassembly and reuse across various sites, the Armadillo's structure facilitates easy repurposing or relocation, thereby minimising waste and maximising its lifespan.

The pavilion will be relocated to Houghton Festival to become a permanent stage nestled in the site’s woodlands, providing a platform for music, congregation and sonic experiences to entrance audiences.

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