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.