A collaboration between the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) as well as students of the university, this pavilion at the University of Stuttgart is a magnificent exploration in how the structure of a biological being can be transferred to the design of a building.
The pavilion at the University of Stuttgart, although temporary, is a bionic research pavilion, says the designers. It is an exploration of biology and architecture in that the aim of the project was to develop a modular way to create the structure using geometric differentiation. Via computer design, the biological structure of a sea urchin was translated into the design of a building, and ultimately, the researchers found that the entire pavilion could be built using very thin -- 6.5 mm -- sheets of plywood only.
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