After over a decade of active research, the University of Stuttgart debuts its project — a spiky recycled pavilion. Dubbed the 'ICD Aggregate Pavilion 2018,' the structure boasts an overwhelming amount of consciously sourced plastic spiked stars — over 120,000 to be exact. It was created by "a custom-built, cable-driven parallel robot."
The dimensions of the recycled pavilion are three meters in height and seven meters in length. The creation is incredibly complex and it truly challenges the architectural discipline. Students and faculty that took part in the curation of this work looked into "applying lessons from large granular masses found in nature to architecture." As a result, the impressive recycled pavilion is held together "by contact force." That is, the structure is supporting itself and each element is "bonded only by friction."