The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart have completed a new research pavilion exploring building-scale fabrication of glass and carbon fibre-reinforced composites. The novel process is based on the unique accordances and characteristics of fibre construction.
these materials are lightweight and have high tensile strength, a radically different approach to fabrication becomes possible, which combines low-payload yet long-range machines, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), with strong, precise, yet limited reach, industrial robots.
This collaborative concept enables a scalable fabrication setup for long span fibre composite construction. The research builds on a series of successful pavilions, which investigate integrative computational design, engineering and fabrication, and explores their spatial ramifications and construction possibilities. The project was designed and fabricated by students and researchers within an interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers and biologists.
location: keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 stuttgart, germany
completion: march 2017
area: 26.5 sqm
volume: 58 m³
fiber length: 184 km
weight: 1,000 kg
overall dimensions: 12.0m x 2.6m x 3.1m
Designed and built by the ICD institute for computational design and construction – prof. achim menges
ITKE institute of building structures and structural design – prof. jan knippers
Assisting: benjamin felbrich, nikolas früh, marshall prado, sam saffarian, james solly, daniel reist, lauren vasey
system development, fabrication and construction: miguel aflalo, bahar al bahar, lotte aldinger, chris arias, léonard balas, jingcheng chen, federico forestiero, dominga garufi, pedro giachini, kyriaki goti, sachin gupta, olga kalina, shir katz, bruno knychalla, shamil lallani, patricio lara, ayoub lharchi, dongyuan liu, yencheng lu, georgia margariti, alexandre mballa, behrooz tahanzadeh, hans jakob wagner, benedikt wannemacher, nikolaos xenos, andre zolnerkevic, paula baptista, kevin croneigh, tatsunori shibuya, nicoló temperi, manon uhlen, li wenhan, with the support of michael preisack
in collaboration with:
institute of aircraft design (IFB) – prof. dr.-ing. p. middendorf, markus blandl, florian gnädinger
institute of engineering geodesy (IIGS) – prof. dr.-ing. habil. volker schwieger, otto lerke
department of evolutionary biology of invertebrates, university of tuebingen – prof. oliver betz
department of palaeontology of invertebrates, university of tuebingen – prof. james nebelsick
volkswagen stiftung, GETTYLAB, kuka roboter GmbH, peri GmbH, SGL technologies GmbH, hexion stuttgart GmbH. ed. züblin AG, lange ritter GmbH, stahlbau wendeler GmbH, leica geosystems GmbH, KOFI GmbH