Monday, September 30, 2013

Installation: Digital Grotesque

Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have fabricated what they are claiming is "the first [...] human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed."  As if we don't all have three of these at home.

Their human-scale 3D printed room, "Digital Grotesque" is the final result of a project that’s been in the works for some time. Made entirely from sandstone, the 16 square meter cube features intricate geometric forms reminiscent of the works of H. R. Giger, designed by algorithms to “create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism.”  That is, unless you consider "creepy" to be a classification.

The artists are quick to state that this project isn't about about functionality, it’s not a place you might call home, but rather, it's an artistic exercise in the “expressive formal potentials of digital technologies.”
“Digital Grotesque is between chaos and order, both natural and the artificial, neither foreign nor familiar. Any references to nature or existing styles are not integrated into the design process, but are evoked only as associations in the eye of the beholder.”

"Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand. This structure, measuring 16 square meters, is materialized with details at the threshold of human perception. Every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms."

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