Xylotek are collaborating with Arup, SJK Architects and Expedition Engineers to design, fabricate and install two canopies in the temples for the Jain community. The Glulam and CLT pavilions will be installed at the foothill and hilltop sites of the Palitana Temples in Gudjarat, India.
Xylotek is collaborating with Arup, SJK Architects, and Expedition Engineers to design, fabricate and install two canopies in the temples for the Jain community. The pavilions will be installed at the foothill and hilltop sites of the Palitana Temples in Gujarat, India.
The pavilions are in the installation phase now; the elements have been fabricated by strategic partners Simonin, and installation is underway on-site. Xylotek's installation team leads the build, ensuring the components are assembled according to the design.
The design uses Glulam posts and CLT roof components to form both canopies. We will use pressure-treated pine to provide termite-resistant timber for these structures. The structure works as a reciprocal frame, with each beam being supported partway along an opposite beam, which in turn is ultimately supported by the first beam. As part of the brief, this design has no visible steel elements. This enables the aesthetic of the timber to sit more comfortably within the hill site and the marble of the temples.
The Xylotek team have conducted several site visits to the temples and has been blown away by the scenery and location. We are excited to see this project develop alongside our collaborators.