After introducing Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in Italy, Volvo now launches the “Pure Tension Pavilion”. The pavilion – a spectacular free-standing tensioned membrane structure – is a rapidly deployable and portable solar charging station for the world-first Diesel Plug-in Hybrid. “Pure Tension pavilion” is the winning project resulting from a competition for architects and designers held in May and commissioned by Volvo Car Italia. The Pure Tension charging station together with the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will now be part of a road-show through Italy’s biggest cities.
Alvin Huang, founder of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an award-winning architect, designer and lecturer says: “We are thrilled to have had the chance to see our winning project come to light thanks to Volvo Car Italia. We have also been lucky enough to work with really talented and motivated partners and suppliers who believed in the project right from the beginning: companies like Fabric Images, where the structure physically took shape, FTL Solar and Ascent Solar Technologies who took care of the solar panels, and Seam Design and IGuzzini with the lights. The creation of ‘’Pure Tension’ is proof of how modern and innovative Volvo Cars’ mindset is. The Pure Tension pavilion demonstrates performance, form and technology, just like the new Volvo cars. The structure also anticipates a vision of the future of electric recharging — the car doesn’t go in search of it, instead it goes where the car goes.”