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This Prefabricated Shed Was Patterned After Dragonfly Wings

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If you heard "prefabricated backyard pavilion with a frame structure based on dragonfly wings," what city would you guess it was found in? Portland, where the tiny homes come in caravans? Venice, where it was presented as part of something called a "Biennale"? London, where the combined shed and office has taken off, to the point where it warranted a made-up name and trend piece? Wrong and wrong and wrong again. It's in a backyard in a Hoboken, New Jersey, which should be a lesson to all of us, to stop assuming things about Hoboken.

New York's CDR Studio designed the backyard retreat, whose conceptual trope comes from the fact that the word "pavilion" comes, via French, from the Latin papilionem, meaning "butterfly" or "moth":

"The entirety of the Pavilion is an assembly of irregular cells shaped by local stresses, constructed of sustainably harvested and FSC-certified Sapele mahogany and stitched into a vertical recycled aluminum vertical armature. Like the wings of the butterfly, these cells are more than just aesthetically appealing; their shape and size respond directly to the forces acting on it." Cool! Though the window sections look a bit more like dragonfly wings, and it's also titled the Dragonfly Pavilion, so we'll just say it could go either way. The structure was created by SITU Fabrication from Sapele lumber fitted into a welded aluminum frame, with a built-in bench inside and a canopy of laminated-tempered glass on top. The exterior framing "cells" are filled in with mosquito netting. After it was manufactured, given a test-run assembly in a warehouse, and taken apart, it was assembled on-site in less than a week.

Design—it can happen anywhere! Even in Hoboken, where there are at least five cool things to do.

· Dragonfly Pavilion [Architizer]