Chanel Travelling Pavilion

  • Each façade panel has a unique size and shape.
  • The entire pavilion packs away into standard shipping containers.
  • The façade is made from fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) technology, more commonly found in boats and racing cars.

Advanced 3D modelling and technology, more commonly found in boats and racing cars, helped Arup to create this spectacular home for Chanel’s touring exhibition. The Chanel Contemporary Art pavilion housed work by 20 international contemporary artists and visited Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York during its world tour.

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"We were a team with the client and architect, looking for the right location, techniques and materials." 
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The entire building is designed to be transported by sea around the world. The structure and contents fit into standard shipping containers, using as little material as possible. On arrival, the pavilion can be assembled in three weeks. When it is time to move on, the structure can be dismantled within a similar period.

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"We integrated the lighting invisibly into the architecture, creating a very special experience for visitors" 
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Arup helped to realise architect Zaha Hadid's vision for the spectacular structure of the pavilion, enabling it to travel the world and comply with different local regulations.

As well as providing project managementlighting and scenography design, Arup carried out structural, mechanical, electrical, advanced geometric modelling, materials, façade, access and fire engineering work.


  • Exterior of the Chanel Pavilion at night. Credit John Nye.

    The entire pavilion is designed to be packed away into standard shipping containers.

  • The Chanel Pavilion from above.

    Advanced 3D modelling and technology helped Arup to create the pavilion.