Canopy Pavilion

Based on scientific research conducted at EPFL, the Canopy Pavilion is a lightweight shading structure for a social gathering space.

The Canopy Pavilion has been designed in a collaborative effort between the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM) and the Laboratory for Collective and Active Imagination with Space (ALICE). The key concept of using an auxetic membrane is based on scientific research performed at GCM (see list of publications below). For more information, please contact [email protected].

Canopy Site

Centrally located, between the Rolex Learning Center and the EPFL Pavilions.

Structural System

An efficient double-membrane based on an auxetic linkage.


Optimized shading performance for a pleasant experience.




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Canopy Pavilion showcases new technology with a place in the shade.

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The Canopy Pavilion: A lightweight shading structure using a deployable auxetic linkage membrane

F. Isvoranu; T. Chen; E. Bouleau; A. Blanc; D. Dietz et al. 

2020. Advances in Architectural Geometry 2020 (AAG 2020), Online, April 26-29, 2021. p. 376-390.

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Rapid Deployment of Curved Surfaces via Programmable Auxetics

M. Konakovic-Lukovic; J. Panetta; K. Crane; M. Pauly 

Acm Transactions On Graphics. 2018-08-01. Vol. 37, num. 4, p. 106. DOI : 10.1145/3197517.3201373.

Computational Design of Deployable Auxetic Shells

M. Konaković-Luković; P. Konaković; M. Pauly 

2018. Advances in Architectural Geometry 2018 (AAG 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, September 22-25, 2018.

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Beyond Developable: Computational Design and Fabrication with Auxetic Materials

M. Konakovic; K. Crane; B. Deng; S. Bouaziz; D. Piker et al. 

2016. ACM SIGGRAPH Conference. p. 89. DOI : 10.1145/2897824.2925944.

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Bistable Auxetic Surface Structures

T. Chen; J. Panetta; M. Schnaubelt; M. Pauly 

Acm Transactions On Graphics. 2021-08-01. Vol. 40, num. 4, p. 39. DOI : 10.1145/3450626.3459940.

Computational Design of Auxetic Shells

M. Konakovic Lukovic / M. Pauly (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019.