Apparently, maths and nature have nothing to do with one another, but a closer look at some events can reveal astonishing coincidences. As Israeli astrophysicist Mario Livio points out, “from sunflowers to shells, from hurricane swirls to the immense galactic spirals, nature does love logarithmic spirals”. Not to mention the incredible combinations of shapes and lines in snowflakes.

French architect Emmanuel Sitbon, from Sitbon Architects in Paris, must have taken this into account while he was working at his experimental project of “inflatable architecture”. In facts, bearing in mind the hexagonal shape of the pomegranate and its seeds, he designed Grenade.

Grenade is a pomegranate-shaped pavillion that will host traveling exhibits of contemporary art, presentations, performances. Thanks to the materials of which it is made of, Grenade can be moved from one city to another, there’s to say, it can be easily installed, inflated in open fields or parks, deflated and removed.


The outside of the Grenade pavilion is made up of bright plastic red seeds of the fruit inspiring the project, that create a lovely bright effect. The lower “seeds” are filled with sands and used as an anchoring system, in order to give stability to the whole pavillion. All around the perimeter there are other seeds, creating a pathway that invites the visitors to get in.

The pavillion caps off with a hexagon skylight, which filters light into the red interior, the typical colour of the pomegranate, and gives visitors a connection to the sky.

The project Granade aims to bring the public closer to art, surprising it through an exciting design that creates an explosion of color.

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