Following the success of their highly intricate Arabesque Wall, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer have once again achieved new levels of ornamental eye candy – this time, with a full-scale 3D printed grotto created from seven tons of sandstone. Commissioned by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the grotto is an example of how the spatial expression of computational technologies can make for remarkable architectural experiences. “Digital Grotesque II is a testament to and celebration of a new kind of architecture that leaves behind traditional paradigms of rationalization and standardization and instead emphasizes the viewer’s perception, evoking marvel, curiosity and bewilderment,” state Dillenburger and Hansmeyer. Generated algorithmically from 156 gigabytes of data and after 2 years of design development, the resultant structure is composed of 1.35 million surfaces, which form the printed sandstone. A secondary algorithm helps create the grotto’s porous and layered quality, with seemingly endless arms stemming from a single volume to create a sense of cavernous mystery.
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