Volvo Pure Tension Pavilion Seen In Palm Springs

Volvo Cars showed the “Pure Tension Pavilion” for the first time in the U.S. at Modernism Week in Palm Springs on Sunday, Feb. 16.

The pavilion is a rapidly deployable portable free-standing tensioned membrane structure covered with small solar panels, making it a mobile charging station. The structure is designed to power up the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, known as the world’s first Diesel Plug-in Hybrid, designed to showcase a glimpse into what a future world of mobility can look like.

“The Volvo ‘Pure Tension pavilion’ anticipates a vision of the future of electric recharging — the car doesn’t go in search of it, instead it goes where the car goes,” said Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), a Los-Angeles based contemporary design studio who conceived and created the pavilion last year as part of a competition organized by Volvo Car Italia. “The structure unites performance, form and technology, just like the new Volvo cars.”

During Modernism Week, Huang appeared on a panel, presented by Volvo Cars and Dwell Media, discussing the Future of Mobility – including the road to autonomous driving. Hosted by Dwell editor Erika Heet, the panel will also featured Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles; Greg Goldin, former automotive columnist, Curator, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles “Never Built Los Angeles’ Exhibition 2013; and Paul Meyers, automotive expert, former Robb Report correspondent and social media guru.