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London s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fiber pavilion in its courtyard.
Each panel is made from a combination of transparent glass fiber and black carbon fiber, woven into a structure inspired by a beetle s forewing—known as elytra, hence the structure s name, Elytra Filament Pavilion.
The panels weigh around 100 pounds each.
The installation is the brainchild of experimental architect Achim Menges, along with collaborators Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer.
One of those robots will sit within the courtyard during the course of the exhibition.
While in situ, it will create new elements that can be added to the structure based on real-time sensed data.