Created with 275sqm of Birch Plywood sheets, this pavilion was introduced the summer of 2011. As a joint venture between the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), along with students at the University of Stuttgart, this architectural pavilion was created as an exploration of biological principals, inspired by the sand dollar, morphed with computer aided design.
The project aimed at integrating the performance capacity of biological structures into architectural design and at testing the resulting spatial and structural material-systems in full scale. The focus was set on the development of a modular system which allowed a high degree of adaptability and performance due to the geometric differentiation of its plate components and robotically fabricated finger joints.
The result is modular system formed with a total of 850 geometrically different components, joined with finger joints; a beautiful example of how nature can inspire shape, function and structural stability.