BUGA Wood Pavilion / ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

BUGA Wood Pavilion / ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

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Heilbronn, Germany
  • Project Partners:ICD: Prof. Achim Menges, Martin Alvarez, Monika Göbel, Abel Groenewolt, Oliver David Krieg, Ondrej Kyjanek, Hans Jakob Wagner ITKE: Prof. Jan Knippers, Lotte Aldinger, Simon Bechert, Daniel Sonntag
  • State Office For Construction Technology:Dr. Stefan Brendler und Dipl.-Ing. Willy Weidner
  • Federal Garden Show Heilbronn 2019 Gmb H:Hanspeter Faas, Oliver Toellner
  • Proof Engineer:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hugo Rieger
  • Mpa Stuttgart:Dr. Simon Aicher
  • Project Support:State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, University of Stuttgart EFRE European Union
  • City:Heilbronn
  • Country:Germany
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Text description provided by the architects. The BUGA Wood Pavilion celebrates a new approach to digital timber construction. Its segmented wood shell is based on biological principles found in the plate skeleton of sea urchins, which have been studied by the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart for almost a decade.

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As part of the project, a robotic manufacturing platform was developed for the automated assembly and milling of the pavilion’s 376 bespoke hollow wood segments. This fabrication process ensures that all segments fit together with sub-millimetre precision like a big, three-dimensional puzzle. The stunning wooden roof spans 30 meters over one of BUGA’s main event and concert venues, using a minimum amount of material while also generating a unique architectural space.

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The pavilion builds on the biomimetic principle of using “less material” by having “more form”, both on the level of the overall shell and its individual segments. In order to minimize material consumption and weight, each wood segment is built up from two thin plates that plank a ring of edge-beams on top and bottom, forming large scale hollow wooden cases with polygonal forms.

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The bottom plate includes a large opening, which constitutes a distinctive architectural feature and provides access to the hidden connections during assembly.  The lightweight building elements are connected by finger joints, which follow the morphological principles of anatomic features found on the edge of sea urchins’ plates. In the assembled state, the shell works as a form-active structure through its expressive doubly-curved geometry.

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Address:Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn GmbH 2019, Theodor-Fischer-Straße 36, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany

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Cite: "BUGA Wood Pavilion / ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart" 12 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/916758/buga-wood-pavilion-icd-itke-university-of-stuttgart> ISSN 0719-8884
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