The Striatus is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with Block Research Group. The partnership unveiled the world's first 3D-printed concrete footbridge build without any reinforcement or mortar. Striatus is currently showcased as the public park Giardini Della Marinaressa for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. The bridge will remain on showcase until November.
A first of its kind, the arched masonry footbridge is made from 3D-printed blocks of concrete. Measuring approximately 40 by 52 feet, the pedestrian bridge combines masonry techniques with advanced computational design. The engineering and robotic manufacturing technologies used for this project made it possible to mount without mortar or additional reinforcements. The structure demonstrates an alternative and ecologically responsible approach to building with concrete.
Image Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects