Menges & Knippers: ICD/ITKE Pavilion 2014-2015 in Stuttgart
The University of Stuttgart's Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) raised the ICD/ITKE 2014-2015 research pavilion on the inspiration of the subaquatic nest of the water spider. The potential of this new building method, which involves a robotic procedure that yields a flexible pneumatic formwork rigidified from inside with carbon fibers, is demonstrated as much through its material efficiency as through its simplicity and adaptability to the specific demands of the different constructions it can be applied to. Its prototypical nature emphasizes the anisotropic character of the material made of fiber, and reflects the procedures that underlie the result, forming a novel texture and structural type. Designed on criteria of structural, constructional, and academic research, the pavilion illustrates the possibilities offered by advanced computuational design and the capacity for innovation of open and interdisciplinary teaching systems. The result is an architectural manifesto that combines technique and matter with formal expressivity.
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