Craft Not Carbon - London Festival of Architecture

This pavilion seeks new ways of thinking about structures.

Project Year


Xylotek Role

Fabrication and installation

Project Team

Webb Yates Engineers, Xylotek, Studio Saar, PIVETEAUBOIS, Gang-Nail/ITW Construction Products and HUB

Photo Credits

Sophie Roberts Model of Craft Not Carbon Pavilion, by model maker and photographer, Maz Weineck.


The project brings ideas from a new learning/cultural centre in India created by Studio Saar with Webb Yates Engineers. It echoes Joseph Paxton’s temporary iron structure located on the site for the 1851 Great Exhibition, which itself challenged the future of construction.

Designed by Webb Yates Engineers in collaboration with Studio Saar and Xylotek, with support from PIVETEAUBOIS, Gang-Nail/ITW Construction Products and HUB, the Craft Not Carbon pavilion, featuring a woven canopy seeks new ways of thinking about structures. Responding to the challenges of our time, it questions, ‘Is local material, craft and maintenance a viable solution for the future of construction?’

With the Borough of Bromley joining the festival as a key destination for the first time and community charity Crystal Palace Park Trust taking over the regeneration of the park, the location is ideal for championing the power of community maintenance and craftsmanship to create a social and material common place of gathering.

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