Digital Grotesque is the first human-scale immersive space entirely constructed out of 3D printed sandstone. The design consists of two individual halves (Aediculae) that form a volume - the grotto. While on the outside the grotto presents itself as a flat cubical volume, on the inside a complex geometry, consisting of millions of individual facets that awaits the visitor.
The grotto was purely designed and detailed through customized algorithms. It is printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter to dimensions of a 3.2-meter high, 16 square meter large room.
As it is the first architectural high-resolution 3D Print, innovative construction details had to be invented. In order to facilitate the transportation and the assembly of the massive construction, a modular system of individual, prefabricated sandstone bricks with specific details is developed. 3D-Printing as fabrication process allows the planning of three-dimensional details in an unknown consistency and precision, and offer the possibility to develop customized constructions systems.