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MultiPly pavilion pops up for new London Architecture's factory-made housing season

MultiPly, the carbon-neutral, modular wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood that was the star of the London Design Festival, will have a new incarnation and a temporary home in South Crescent on London’s Store Street as part of a collaboration with New London Architecture.

Six of the 17 modules of the original structure have been moved from their first home at the V&A and be rebuilt in front of The Building Centre for NLA’s exhibition 'Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?'

"MultiPly is a bold and exciting demonstration of how innovative modular systems can be combined with sustainable materials, such as American tulipwood, to provide a much-needed solution to housing delivery in London,” says Lucie Murray, Senior Programme Curator at NLA. “This is the perfect tie-in to the current New London Architecture exhibition, Factory-made Housing: a solution for London? And we are delighted to bring the installation from the V&A to the crescent outside of The Building Centre for our audience to explore in the coming weeks.”


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A set of benches and tables, made with thermally-modified American tulipwood have been placed around the pavilion. This timber has been modified by controlled heating, effectively crystallising the wood’s cambium and providing enhanced stability and durability. The process changes the appearance of the tulipwood, giving it deeper brown tones throughout and making it suitable for external applications.


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Explore the structure from 6-21 October. The NLA exhibition runs until 18 January 2019.