Sep.16, 2013

Digital Grotesque is an elaborate, fully-enclosed room that is entirely 3D printed. The life-sized structure, conceived and created by architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, is a cathedral-like room that were 3D printed entirely out of sandstone. The designers have used their algorithm to divide and then repeat shapes to come up with complex patterns. Because of its complexity, according to the designers, this 3.2-meter-tall, 16-square-meter room has almost 260 million surfaces!

Watch the video and images below.

In June Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer unveiled a 1:3 scale prototype of the room at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo and Swiss Art Awards 2013 in Basel, Switzerland. The structure was 3D printed on a VoxelJet with 0.14mm resolution, and it took the designers a full month to finish it. After that it took them just one day to assemble the final structure.

The designers explain:

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.

Images via Digital-Grotesque


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Julien wrote at 9/19/2013 4:10:19 PM:

I do similar work, if you don't want to see the diferents parts I used a similar 3D stylus: it is a lot of work but it's beautiful!

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