Specifications

Grotto I   (2013)

Virtual:

  • Algorithmically generated geometry
  • 260 million individual surfaces
  • 42 billion voxels
  • 78 GB production data

Physical:

  • Sand-printed elements (silicate+binder)
  • 6m2 footprint, 3.2m height
  • 5.8 metric tons weight
  • 0.3mm layer resolution, 300 dpi
  • 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 meter maximum print space

Design Development:

Printing:

Assembly:

1 years

1 month

1 day

Grotto II   (2017)

Virtual:

  • 16,386 design variations
  • 260 million individual surfaces
  • 42 billion voxels
  • 156 GB production data
  • Calculated on ETH EULER high-performance cluster (2000 GB Ram)

Physical:

  • Sand-printed elements (silicate+binder)
  • 7m2 footprint, 3.45m height
  • 537m2 total surface area
  • 7 metric tons weight
  • 280 µm layer resolution
  • 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 meter maximum print space

Design Development:

Printing:

Assembly:

2 years

1 month

2 days

Architects

Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of computation to generate and fabricate architectural form. Projects include the Sixth Order installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the Platonic Solids series, and an installation at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Recently, he taught architecture as a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He previously taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Southeast University in Nanjing. Prior to this, he worked at Herzog & de Meuron architects and in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan respectively.

   www.michael-hansmeyer.com 

Benjamin Dillenburger

Benjamin Dillenburger is an architect and programmer with a focus on computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. Benjamin was finalist of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2015. He exhibited work at the Design Exchange Museum Toronto and the Art Basel / Design Miami.

Benjamin is currently assistant professor in the architecture department at ETH Zurich and in the architecture department at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD and a Master of Advanced Study degree from ETH Zurich. Benjamin Dillenburger is also member of the Spinoff-company KAISERSROT, a consulting & design team for computer aided planning.

   www.benjamin-dillenburger.com 

Team


Fabrication
and assembly:
  Maria Smigielska
Miro Eichelberger
Yuko Ishizu
Jeanne Wellinger
Tihomir Jajusevic
Nicolás Miranda Turu
Evi Xexaki
Akihiko Tanigaito

Video / Photo:   Demetris Shammas
Achilleas Xydis

     
Research for Digital Grotesque I was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by Voxeljet AG. Digital Grotesque I is a commission by FRAC Centre, Orléans, for its permanent architecture collection.

Team


Fabrication
and assembly:
  Michael Thomas
Philippe Steiner

Allegra Stucki
Florentin Duelli
Jan Francisco Anduaga
Katharina Wepler
Lorenz Brunnner
Nicolas Harter
Dominik Keller
Max Spett
Alexander Canario

Digital support:   Matthias Leschok
Alvaro Lopez

Photos:   Fabrice Dall'Anese
Michael Lyrenmann
Demetris Shammas
Jann Erhard
Hyunchul Kwon

Video:   Kaufmann & Gehring
     
Digital Grotesque II is a commission by Centre Pompidou, Paris, for its permanent collection. It premiered at its Imprimer le monde exhibition in March 2017.

The geometry was calculated on the Euler High-Performance Computing Cluster at ETH Zurich. Components were printed on ExOne printers by Christenguss AG.

Contact

Inquiries / Press
contact (at) michael-hansmeyer.com
contact (at) benjamin-dillenburger.com

Address
Benjamin Dillenburger
Digital Building Technologies – DBT
Building HIB / Floor E
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zurich / Switzerland