Inspired by flowering processes in nature, Motion proposes a structure that imitates a flower’s opening and closing movements to achieve both a dynamic and natural balance. As the whole design, the structure follows the concept of total balance and unity, thus the well-thought single elements are seen as part of the module, which itself is only part of the large coherent whole – like petals are in a flower, to stay with the inspiring concept of Mother Nature.

 Once each module’s the unfolding movement is achieved, the structure is complete with the unfolded elements guaranteeing not only the stability, but also creating one single space in perfect balance.

 Six arcs, made out of simple wooden planks connected one to another by articulated joints are forming the main structure. Joint together at their peak to the final design, kind of half a dome is created, which can be used to accommodate different cultural activities.

 Motion, a deployable and movable architectural construction, adapts easily to different needs for both temporal architectural and representative functions like exhibition pavilions, shelters or simply protected areas for games and fun.

 Due to the articulated joints, developed by analysing different kinds of already existing deployable structures, the system can be moved easily without the need of any kind of demounting the structure. Once its temporary purpose is fulfilled, a simple deploying movement in one piece is enough to pack it for its journey. There’s no need for demounting.

 Motion aims to create an architectonical space by the simultaneous deployment of the main structure and the closing skin, with the main focus set on the generation of an easy mounting process, executable from the floor. Beside the technical focus, sustainability is also taken into account by using wood as the main structural element.

 Thus all in all an efficient but still flexible, contemporary architecture- Motion – is created. It not only optimizes the construction time due to its deployment concept, but also the production time by using modular elements. Seeing it in the context of the first inspiration – the flowering process – it can be said that Motion is the optimized architectural and structural translation of one of the most basic concepts in nature.


Motion is characterized by a deployable structure that can be mounted fast and easily. Consisting of only two different types of wooden planks: the ones for the deployable arc and the ones forming the floor; the whole structure can be produced without much afford by patch production.

The construction’s principle system is based on the articulation between two adjacent planks by a pivot placed in one of the centre points. Thus the basic element, comparable to the principle of a scissor or a folding grill, is defined.


By grouping the basic elements according to the developed system, a spatial, deployable structure is created, which’s geometrical and spatial characteristics are defined merely by the articulations’ positions – both the central and extreme ones.

These articulations are simply created by a central pivot joining two adjacent planks, thus serving as the centre point for the rotation during the deployment motion. Due to the rather simple idea behind the articulation system, it can be applied the same way throughout the whole construction, increasing once more the mounting speed and the feasibility.

The decision for the chosen construction system – planks articulated one with another – is based on the aim to achieve with MOTION the characteristic deployment for the overall structure in order to facilitate the transport.




Considering the fact, that Motion is an open-air installation, influenced by the outer conditions the following advices regarding the use and maintenance are established:

  • Regular checks of all crews and ironworks exposed directly to the elements to detect any kind of corrosion or irregularity, to replace it in time.
  • All areas providing surfaces for the sedimentation of dust etc. should be cleaned regularly. Paying special attention to the joints in order to avoid the jamming due to overseen 3rd party elements.
  • In case of visible damage, including tears, of the wooden parts, detected during the regular checks, the affected planks have to be replaced immediately.
  • Lubrication of the articulated joints in regular time spans especially before the deployment in order to facilitate the movement.
  • When not in use, store Motion inside or at least guarantee the protection against the elements to avoid corrosion or other damages.





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