London-based designer and University of Westminster architecture student, Josh Haywood has designed a temporary plywood pavilion for the 2014 Burning Man festival in Navada’s Black Rock Desert.

The Hayam Sun Temple design will act as a “spiritual” resting place and shelter for the 70,000 festivalgoers, who will participate in the construction of a temporary city built around art, music and culture.     

Inspired by tessellated Moorish architecture, Haywood’s structure is built from plywood that has been lasercut into intricate geometric patterns and seamlessly sewn together to form a curved structure, held up by four pillars.

During the day, sunlight filters through the delicate screen and casts vivid shadows onto the ground, while at night, the Hayam will be illuminated from within.

The harsh conditions of the festival site, where winds often reach speeds of up to 96 kilometres per hour, along with the Burning Man’s “leave no trace” mantra, all had to be taken into consideration when planning the pavilion’s structural strategy. 

Haywood has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the project’s construction and transportation costs before the festival in August.

Courtesy Inhabitat and Dezeen