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Dark Crafts Pavilion

Physical installation
November, 2019

The ‘Dark Crafts Pavilion’ formed the centerpiece of the 2019 Design Canberra Festival, transforming the cities Civic Square into a meeting place of activity, discussion and chance encounter. The temporary sculptural pavilion was designed, fabricated and installed by a multidisciplinary design team of staff and students, headed up by the University of Canberra’s Iain (Max) Maxwell, the co-director of international award-winning architecture and innovation practice Supermanoeuvre.

The architectural installation was conceived as a catalyst for a new dialogue with the city; celebrating a renewed commitment to design excellence and experimentation.

Project images

Project team

Iain [Max] Maxwell, Sam Tomkins, Ben Claase, Erin Hinton (all UC).

David Pigram (UTS).


The Canberra Times, The Design Canberra structure that was built by a robot, 2019

UnCover, Dark Crafts pavilion, 2019

City News, Paper roll pavilion transforms Civic square, 2019

Published works

Maxwell, I. (Author). (Accepted/In press). The Dark Crafts Pavilion. Design, University of Melbourne.