UK-based British architect Adrian Priestman has integrated architecture with technology in his latest design, using a 3D printer to print the components of a building and incorporating it into his architectural designs.
In referring to the refurbished 6 Bevis Marks office building in central London where he created a sheath for the roof canopy, Priestman says, "[t]his is truly the first architectural application of the 3D nylon sintered technology. It's architectural in so far as it's been through an approval process and tried and tested, and actually installed in a building."
The sheaths are 3D-printed and have been custom designed to wrap around a collection of columns and arms that support the canopy's roof.
On the sustainability of the components, Priestman says, "We got it tested in 1000-mile-per-hour winds in wind for 2000 hours, extreme weather tested. Once I had done that, the product was approved by the big contractors for the building."