Michael Hansmeyer
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Castles Made of Sand

Digital Grotesque is the first human-scale immersive space entirely constructed out of 3D printed sandstone. A complex geometry consisting of millions of individual facets is printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter to dimensions of a 3.2-meter high, 16 square meter large room. Its geometry was entirely designed through customized algorithms.

Digital fabrication has been one of the key drivers of the latest evolution in architecture. The digitalization of design processes has overcome many of the limitations of industrial mass-fabrication: it allows a large degree of customization paired with high efficiency and precision.

Today additive manufacturing introduces a paradigm shift within digital fabrication: just as with printing ink on paper, the amount of information and complexity of the output is no longer a relevant constraint.

3D printing process