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Trillium Pavilion

An innovative collaboration with the University of East London to bring student vision to life

Sun shining through the pavilion casting a shadow

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London, United Kingdom


University of East London


Fulvio Wriz

Lam Nguyen

Ali Al-Farhan

The Trillium Pavilion is a collaborative project between Cundall and the University of East London (UEL) - School of Architecture. Built for the Architecture and Visual Arts’ end of the year degree show 2024, the pavilion was fabricated and assembled by students with support from faculty and workshops at the Docklands campus. Designed for easy assembly and disassembly, the pavilion can be broken down into transportable segments, allowing it to be reassembled for various events.

Cundall’s structural engineering team collaborated closely with UEL to develop the pavilion's design, handling structural engineering, geometry optimisation, and parametric modelling. We also produced fabrication drawings and construction methodology. A significant challenge was transforming students' designs into a constructible structure within the university’s facilities, limiting the size and complexity of the component. An iterative design process was employed to navigate these constraints and achieve a feasible design.

Brian Andersson, Civil/Structural Engineer - Industrial Placement, commented: “This project that involves a reciprocal timber structure, allowed teams in the Architecture, Computing and Engineering department to explore innovative techniques, using augmented reality for construction and 3D-printing for concrete ballast containers. It was great to be part of the project and I’m proud of our Cundall team sharing their knowledge with the university, developing innovative solutions to deliver this project.”

Key fact

Parametric modelling was used throughout the whole project to automise drawing production for all components in the pavilion.


Key fact

The initial design concept of the pavilion went through several stages, starting with the trillium flower.


Key fact

Reciprocal timber structure.


Vera Sehlstedt in a white shirt standing against a blurred background in the London office

Vera Sehlstedt

Engineer, Structural Engineering

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Collaborating with the University of East London has been incredibly rewarding, seeing seamlessly integrated parametric and digital workflows with hands-on fabrication to bring the pavilion to life.