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Tensed membrane for The Growing Pavilion

An ode to biobased building on Dutch Design Week 2019 (DDW 2019).

Buitink Technology made and installed a tensed membrane, made of cotton fabric, for the pavillion.

During the Dutch Design Week 2019 from 19 till 27 October 2019 the iconic biobased building "The Growing Pavillion" is erected in the centre of the Ketelhuisplein area in the city of Eindhoven. With this project Company New Heroes en Dutch Design Foundation together with their partners like Fiction Factory, Primum, en Buitink Technology is promoting circular building.


Biobased and "circular" construction

"With The Growing Pavilion we show the potential and the huge beauty of biobased and circular building", designer Pascal Leboucq of Company New Heroes explains. Each material like mycelium walls and bulrush floor slabs explicitly shows the natural raw material. In this way the pavillion exhibits a unique experience of organic texture and color."We promote this beauty as power. New esthetics provided by the wonderfull own identity of biobased materials", according to the designer.

The pavillion shows the near future of biobased building. "Our position is vulnerable", Lucas de Man explains. "Our ideal pavillion consists of many new biobased materials. But large scale applications require more than only good materials: scale up of production capacity, proper regulations, innovative designers and aware consumers". The Growing Pavillion adresses these issues because these are essential to realize the required change to a biobased and circular economie.

More information: the-growing-pavilion



Below a short video of the production process of a tensed membrane made of cotton fabric.


Project features pavillion

Design: Pascal Leboucq in collaboration with
Concept: Pascal Leboucq - Lucas De Man - Company New Heroes
Year of construction: 2019

The Growing Pavilion is a project of Company New Heroes en Dutch Design Foundation.

The Growing Pavilion is build by Fiction Factory, Tentech en Buitink Technology. Incooperation with Primum, HuisVeendam, ECO-board,, Braindrop, Impershield, Houthandel Looijmans, TenCate Outdoor Fabrics, Juro Coating, BotanicBites, Sounding Bodies, BioBased Delta, Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoEBBE), Natuurvezel Applicatie Centrum (NAC), Noorderwind.

The exhibitors in the pavillion are: Aniela Hoitink, Christien Meindertsma, Diana Scherer, Eric Klarenbeek, Martijn Straatman en Huis Veendam.

The Growing Pavilion is made possible by Stichting Doen, Brabant C, BPD cultuurfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds and Beter Bouw Fonds.