Hassell Studio, a leading international design firm, has partnered up with to.org to create a 3D-printed public pavilion. to.org is an organization that promotes creativity in venture capital and philanthropy. This design is made of recycled plastic and uses industry-leading 3D printing design techniques from Nagami, a forward-focused technological studio.
As you can see, the prototype can be easily modified for extreme environments and settings. The space, which is intended to serve as a gathering point for both reflection and education, is the first step in a larger plan to produce several pavilions that foster conversations about material waste and technology’s intervention in the issue.
Because the pavilion was built using computational methods, it can be tailored to suit local conditions almost at no extra cost. The architectural structure has inbuilt seating to maximize capacity, but also allows for adaptability to suit different environments and planet settings.
“The implications of 3D printing at this scale are huge for architecture and we hope we can apply this aspect of adaptability across projects,” said Xavier De Kestelier, head of design at Hassell, in a statement. “We wanted a pavilion that will be able to exist completely off the grid and adapt to local climatic challenges and conditions to create as low as possible embodied and operational carbon footprint.”
The pavilion will shut down in colder environments, and the outer layers of its shell will be equipped with snow-collecting fins. In warmer environments, the design’s fins will provide shade for “passive cooling” and “cross ventilation.”
Nachson Mimran, the co-founder and creative executive officer of to.org, added, “The Pavilion is intended as a space to gather and will serve as a proof of concept, designed for replicability and scalability. The project is in development and to.org is looking for partners to invest in its production.”
Take a look at Hassell Studio’s prototype in the gallery above.
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