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Prototype II
Prototype II
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Textile architecture-Textile buildings >
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Product description

The “Prototype II” is designed to be a self-supporting structure comprising more than sixty modules. Each module has a unique shape and is made with powder-coated aluminium profiles and stainless steel corner elements.

The corners and profiles are precisely cut and CNC drilled to facilitate seamles connection with the neighbouring module. The metal frames are further filled with textile membrane, each requiring a unique form-finding. The space is anchored to a sturdy steel framework which together with a wooden decking forms an elevated platform.

Total number of modules: 68
Projection area: 40 sqm
Max. height: 3,87 m
Max. width: 5.2 m
Total length: 9.4 m
Material: PTFE 300 g/sqm MDT-tex Tensilation profiles and connection details Stainless steel


For the Techtextil ‘Living in Space’exhibition UNStudio and MDT-tex have created, Proto- type II, a modular, prototype shelter which envisions how we might one day live on the moon or on Mars. The design is inspired by foldable structures and the need for light- weight and compact transport into space. In the Techtextil installation the self-supporting pavilion serves as a space in which guests can experience a trip to Mars in virtual reality - as represented by co-exhibitors the Euro- pean Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The primary material component of the shel- ter is PTFE membrane. A textile of the high- est performance, PTFE provides a durable, yet translucent and lightweight in ll. As a textile PTFE provides more uses and formal exibility than other architectural materials, such as composites or lightweight metals. However, like any other textile, PTFE can be custom woven—with open weaves and co- lour integration—to match the needs of any cladding or pavilion project. When used in an architectural context, textiles must be com- bined with other materials to allow for a xed shape and strong connections. As with its predecessor, Eye_Beacon, Prototype II uses an aluminum and steel frame in each panel to accomplish this.

Both Eye_Beacon and Prototype II are proto- types for a multi-functional membrane struc- ture system, called ‘Cirrus’, which is currently being co-developed by UNStudio and MDT- tex. The framed membrane strategy used in each of these prototypes will be further de- veloped and optimised to serve as a façade, a second skin or a shelter structure.