This 3D-Printed Design of Blends into the Natural Surroundings

By: Laura McQuarrie - Oct 1, 2014
References: archdaily & design-milk
Echoviren is a 3D-printed design by the Smith Allen Studio that was developed for the Project 387 Residency. This project called for a structure that would be responsive to its environment, which in this case was a forest. The 10x10x8' structure mimics the natural surroundings of the forest and what's truly interesting about this project is that it was completely printed and assembled on-site.

The 3D-printed panels snapped together in order to create a seamless surface from the outside. In order to create this sculpture in the forest, the 3D printers were busily working away for over two months, and the structure took a total of four days to assemble. Printed from bio-plastic, the design is set to decompose naturally within the next half century.