Sep 27, 2017 | By Tess

As of tomorrow, visitors of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will be able to order their coffees and lunches from an actual 3D printed café. The new café, nestled on the Miami waterfront, is called Cucuyo.

The stunning piece of architecture that is Cucuyo was realized through a collaboration between South Florida architecture firm Berenblum Busch Architecture (BBA), which designed the structure, and Amsterdam-based design firm MX3D, which took care of the 3D printing.

Resembling a sort of futuristic, stainless steel cocoon, the innovative café was made entirely using 3D printing technologies and weighs an astonishing 700 pounds. The design and the name were both inspired by the childhood experience of catching fireflies at night (the word cucuyo is actually Spanish for firefly).

Fully equipped to run a full café, the 3D printed restaurant will be managed by Starr Catering Group and will be headed by chef Kaytlin Dangaran, who also runs the kitchen at Verde, PAMM’s more formal restaurant.

"We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind piece that served the community and provided another option to museum patrons and locals while complementing the architecture and design of the museum," Adelee Cabrera, a member of Starr Catering Group told the Miami New Times.

That is, not only is the 3D printed café a fun place to grab a bite, but its impressive and intricate architecture can also be experienced by patrons as a piece of art in itself. Cucuyo is the perfect combination of art and lunch.

“[Cucuyo] will create another meeting point for conversation for our visitors,” commented Franklin Sirmans, Director of PAMM. “South Florida’s Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA) and Amsterdam-based MX3D have created an outdoor cafe which enhances a waterfront space created by local and international landscape designers and horticulturists to ‘bring the park into the museum’ in new and innovative ways.”

Notably, the café can be disassembled into smaller parts, allowing for it to be moved around if necessary. “It was a challenge to design a piece that was not only lightweight and easily disassembled for relocation but also fully functional,” said Claudia Busch, co-founder of Berenblum Busch Architecture.

Crucial to the café’s development was MX3D, a Dutch firm known best for its 3D printed bridge project. To make Cucuyo, the MX3D team used its industrial 3D printing robot to build up the structure, bit by bit.

As the company explains, “The open shell exterior was constructed using intricate, thin crossbeams that encase the interior of the café and provide an aura of protection all while allowing breezes from Biscayne Bay to pass through the openings.”

In order to maintain the structure’s mobility, it was 3D printed in three main sections: the front counter, back counter, and door. Fully assembled, the café spans 20 feet in length, 12 feet in width, and 9 feet in height.

Once it opens on September 27, the 3D printed café will serve coffee, sandwiches, and other “bites.”

(Images: MX3D)



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