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The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 is Inspired by Insect Exoskeletons

By: Meghan Young - Published: Mar 6, 2013 • References: itke.uni-stuttgart.de and psfk
The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 might look like it was spun by a spider, but it was actually built by a robot. An impressive feat, the public structure has an organic aesthetic that wouldn't necessarily by associated with such materials as carbon and glass fiber composites, which is what it's made out of.

A collaborative effort between students and researchers from the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 was inspired by arthropods’ exoskeleton. The high performance structure is incredibly thin with a shell thickness of just 4 millimeters. Spanning eight metres, it weighs less than 320 kilograms.