Jaw-dropping 3D-printed grotto explores the future of architecture

April 4, 2017 by  
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Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger unveiled their latest 3D-printed masterpiece—a full-scale ornamental grotto. Crafted with intricate baroque-like detail like its predecessor , the Digital Grotesque II shows off the power of digital fabrication in its transformation of 1.3 billion digital surfaces into seven tons of printed sandstone. The stunning 3D-printed recently made its premier at the Centre Pompidou’s ‘Imprimer le monde’ exhibition in Paris. Commissioned by Centre Pompidou for their permanent collection, the Digital Grotesque II is larger than its predecessor and took two years to develop, one month to print, and just two days to assemble the seven tons of printed sandstone . Every part of the grotto’s architecture was generated through customized algorithms without any need for manual tinkering. The architects write: “The grotto is entirely designed by algorithms, and optimized to present highly differentiated geometries that forge a rich and stimulating spatial experience for the observer. A subdivision algorithm exploits the 3D printer’s full potential by creating porous, multi-layered structures with spatial depth. A single volume spawns millions of branches, growing and folding into a complex topological structure. Hundreds of square meters of surface are compressed into a 3.5 meter high block that forms an organic landscape between the man-made and the natural.” Related: The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior The overwhelmingly intricate grotto appears both organic and synthetic. Hansmeyer and Dillenburger did not draw on inspiration from nature or existing styles when they programmed the algorithms that determined the design, though many parts of the grotto look as if they could belong in a baroque facade or a natural cave. The grotto stands at 3.45 meters in height and is made from sand-printed elements including silicate and binder. + Digital Grotesque Images © Fabrice Dall’Anese, Michael Lyrenmann, Demetris Shammas, Jann Erhard, and Michael Hansmeyer

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Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

September 20, 2014 by  
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Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

September 30, 2013 by  
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Barrakka Lift Scales 20 Stories of Fortified Walls in the Capital City of Malta

September 30, 2013 by  
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Digital Grotesque: World’s First Full-Size 3D-Printed Room to be Unveiled Next Month

June 18, 2013 by  
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Volvo Unveils New Noiseless Electric Buses for Gothenburg, Sweden

June 18, 2013 by  
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Volvo just unveiled a new line of silent electric buses that will hit the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. The buses are part of a new service initiative called ElectriCity, which is being launched in cooperation with the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park, and Johanneberg Science Park. Read the rest of Volvo Unveils New Noiseless Electric Buses for Gothenburg, Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bus , electric public transportation , Electricity , green bus , green transportation , public transportation , volvo , Volvo bus , Volvo electric bus        

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

June 18, 2013 by  
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Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

October 4, 2012 by  
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Benjamin Verdonck’s Tree House is a Mini Version of a Senior Citizen Center in Belgium

July 3, 2012 by  
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