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Xylon is a vision for a modular building system designed to redefine public sports halls and exhibition spaces. Focused on sustainability, affordability, and scalability, Xylon aims to make open indoors spaces more accessible across the country. With its exposed structure, the building evokes the aura of an ancient temple, fostering public engagement within society.…

Xylon is a vision for a modular building system designed to redefine public sports halls and exhibition spaces. Focused on sustainability, affordability, and scalability, Xylon aims to make open indoors spaces more accessible across the country. With its exposed structure, the building evokes the aura of an ancient temple, fostering public engagement within society.

Developed together with Arup Engineers and Britain's leading Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) manufacturers, the CLT frame stands as a foundational element of Xylon. This resilient frame boasts assembly within weeks and offers 60% lower embodied carbon than the EU benchmark. The design's minimalist components allow for easy disassembly and reassembly, effectively extending its life span. The versatile nature of Xylon, with its unobstructed interiors, allows for extensive scalability, ensuring adaptability to diverse requirements.

The building's identity is shaped by its exterior structure composed of coupled two-pin portal frames, which offer significant lateral strength. The design allows the building to be set out on a concrete slab or piled foundations. To adapt to a variety of needs and constraints the fa├žade of the building can be clad with glass, louvres, or solid panels to suit its functional and financial parameters allowing further flexibility in its use and location.

Ultimately, Xylon paves the way for a renewed perspective on public architecture. The economic and environmental constraints of the design merge to conceive an architecture that coexists harmoniously with nature, ensuring minimal environmental impact while maximising utility and accessibility.

  • Location: UK
  • Type: Sports
  • Year: 2023
  • Status: Concept
Team
  • Martin Brandsdal
  • Magnus Casselbrant
  • Jesper Henriksson
  • Robin Chatwin
  • Kate Palmer