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Sea Urchin-Inspired Pavilions

Achim Menges Designed a Beautiful Pavilion Built by Robots

— May 6, 2016 — Art & Design
Architectural design research company Achim Menges used robots to build its latest sea urchin pavilion. The underwater-themed pavilion is made to showcase the "the potential of computational design, simulation and fabrication processes in architecture."

Researching alongside biologists from the University of Tübingen, the team of architects employ building techniques that recreate the shell of a sea urchin accurately, aiding them in making a stable structure and design.

Built by robots using hollow beach plywood as the primary material, the sea urchin pavilion is bound with heavy-duty stitching that holds the manipulated wood together and is then coated with a laminate. Being the first ever pavilion to be built in such a way on a large scale, the project -- led by Achim Menges and his team -- proves how their industrial sewing technique has the capability to lead to amazing results.
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