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3D-Printed Transparent Garden Pavilions

AZL Architects Promote Sustainable Development with Design

— May 1, 2018 — Art & Design
Nanjing-based firm AZL Architects creates a 3D-printed transparent garden pavilion that strikes a strong contrast with a stone-clad house in Shanyinwu, China. The purpose of the project for LEI House was to communicate an architecturally divine design, the appeal of sustainable rural development, as well as the "values [of the owner's] bed and breakfast brand."

AZL Architects uses local materials for the construction of the structure. In doing so, the practice is able to integrate the building into the narrative of the rural Chinese environment. With a strong emphasis on practicality and design, however, AZL Architects is successful in bringing the aesthetics of LEI House to the forefront. The 3D-printed transparent garden pavilion adds a nice lightweight motif to the otherwise brutalist and traditional stone-clad structure.
Trend Themes
1. 3d-printed Architecture - The trend of using 3D printing technology to create unique and innovative architectural designs opens up opportunities for cost-effective and customizable construction.
2. Sustainable Development - The focus on sustainable development in architecture and design presents opportunities for incorporating eco-friendly materials and practices, reducing environmental impact.
3. Integration of Local Environment - The trend of integrating local materials and aesthetics into architectural designs creates opportunities to showcase the cultural and natural beauty of a region while maintaining a modern and functional structure.
Industry Implications
1. Construction - The construction industry can explore the use of 3D printing technology to streamline processes and reduce costs, while also prioritizing sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices.
2. Architectural and Design Services - Architectural and design firms can embrace sustainable development principles and incorporate local materials and aesthetics in their projects, offering unique and eco-friendly solutions to clients.
3. Tourism and Hospitality - The tourism and hospitality industry can benefit from the integration of architectural design and sustainable development, creating unique and environmentally-friendly accommodations that appeal to conscious travelers.
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