Globe Watch | August 2014
A peanut shell-shaped wooden pavilion is the very first full-size prototype for a robotic prefab building program, designed by a group from the University of Stuttgart. The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is produced from 243 geometrically distinct plates of plywood that were produced utilising a robotic off-website fabrication technique. The insulation, waterproofing and cladding for the building were also digitally pre-fabricated, making the structure assembled in four weeks. The building is modelled on the structure of a sea urchin’s skeleton – or sand dollar – which was identified as one of the most efficient modular systems in nature. Each of the 50-millimetre thick panels has a different design so that when put together they create a shell that needs no additional support.
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