Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have created the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand.
The structure, measuring 16 square meters, “is materialized with details at the threshold of human perception.” say the architects. “Every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms.”
“In the Digital Grotesque project, we use these algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected, between control and relinquishment. The algorithms are deterministic as they do not incorporate randomness, but the results are not necessarily entirely forseeable. Instead, they have the power to surprise.”
Hansmeyer and Dillenburger are both based in the CAAD group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Video & Photo: Demetris Shammas, Achilleas Xydis.