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ICD/ITKE 2014-2015 Research Pavilion

Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), Institute for Computational Design (ICD)

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ICD/ITKE 2014-2015 Research Pavilion


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40 sq. meters



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The 2014-2015 version of the annual research pavilion from the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, derives its biomimetic design from the self-constructed habitat of the "diving bell" water spider. The resulting temporary structure designed by a team of ICD/ITKE faculty and students gets its shape from carbon-fiber bundles extruded by a robotic armature to support a translucent ETFE membrane.

Read more about the pavilion in ARCHITECT columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA's analysis of its design and fabrication.

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