PROJECT TEAM: ITECH Students 2015, ICD, ITKE, University of Stuttgart
PROFESSORS: A.Menges, J. Knippers
YEAR: 2015/2016
The development and construction of the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) 2015 Pavilion was led by the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) as well as the Institute for Buildingstructures (ITKE) in the University of Stuttgart.
The project is largely based on intelligence gained from the analysis of sea urchinskeletons and their plate connections. Through acloser look at these creatures we found out that fibers play a very important role in the integrity of sea Urchin shell structures.
Based on this knowledge, a wood pavilioncomposed of finger jointed fibrous connections was developed. Chiefly, a system of sewing utilizing a robotic arm was developed toattach a membrane to a curved bent piece of wood. This way, an entire shell structure was be assembled without the use of traditional metal fasteners.

AWARD: First Prize, “Building of the year” 2017, Small-scale category, ArchDaily
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