SEED coming to MCDC

Construction is underway for a new architectural installation at Manchester Craft & Design Centre


Following a design competition, Manchester Craft & Design Centre (MCDC), working with RIBA North West and its Members, are currently transforming the exhibition space in the iconic former fishmarket in Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter.

A plywood structure called SEED is being designed and constructed using digital production methods, a first for an installation of this size at MCDC. The structure is being pre-fabricated using laser-cutting techniques at Fab Lab Manchester.



SEED being made at Fab Lab


SEED being made at Fab Lab


Family-friendly launch event


The components are being made this week, with construction of the pavilion taking place in the week leading up to the free family-friendly launch event on 21st February 2pm – 5pm.

The exhibition will then run until 10th May 2015, with free entry during MCDC’s usual opening hours.


About SEED


The winning design – SEED, was designed by James Donegan (pictured above at Fab Lab this week), a student at Manchester School of Architecture. James’ elegant, contemporary design is inspired by the mathematical patterns found in nature.




SEED strains up towards the light of MCDC’s glass roof as a budding flower would, responding to the change of seasons which will take place during the period of the exhibition.

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Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Fab Lab Manchester, Manchester Craft & Design Centre






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