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Will Alsop's Neuron Pod

31 Jul 2019
By Anna Marks

Fun spaces engage society and ignite the imagination.


Neuron Pod is an extension to  Centre of the Cell, a science learning centre located at Queen Mary, University of London.


Bright hair-like structures illuminate the building's facade, blurring the lines between art and architecture.


Designed by the late award-winning architect Will Alsop and his practice All Design, Neuron Pod is an educational space based on the aesthetic of a neuron cell — a cell that transmits information to the brain.


Fitting in with the theme of transmitting information, Neuron Pod is 23-metre long and 10-metre high and features meeting rooms, workshops and a cinema room.


The pod stands on three legs and is constructed from 13 pieces of ‘weathering steel’ which were welded together in Whitechapel.


Also known as COR-TEN steel, the material's rust-like appearance eliminates the need for painting.


The facade is covered in hundreds of filaments that appear like fine hairs which are illuminated using fibre optics powered by light projectors fixed within the pod. 


To learn more about Neuron Pod Visit All Design’s website.


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