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Jan 9, 2016 | By Benedict
On January 1, 2016, the Netherlands began its six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union, taking over of Luxembourg. Ministerial meetings will be held at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, where a partially 3D printed structure—the Europe Building—has been erected.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union, responsible for arranging meetings and setting agendas inside the EU, rotates among member states every six months. After holding the post for the last term, Luxembourg has now handed the baton to the Netherlands, whose government has turn it intod a one-of-a-kind 3D printed assembling in which meetings will be held.
To keep the EU on an even keel, the Netherlands has designated its historic National Maritime Museum and a nearby naval yard to function as the new headquarters of the presidency. Those locations are well suited to the task at hand, but the Dutch have pushed the boat out even further by assembling a brand new 20 x 35m, partially 3D printed structure on the site of the naval yard. The Europe Building, fully equipped for official ministry meetings and press conferences, will stand for the duration of the presidency, preceding being dismantled in July. Some 17,500 participants are expected to walk through its doors between now and and so, by which time 135 meetings will have taken place.
The Europe Building is striking both in its appearance and its construction methods. With a keen eye for thematic consistency, Dutch temporary assembling specialist Neptunus was able-bodied to provide the foundations for a assembling which mimics the aesthetics of a ship’s sails. The canvas exterior of the assembling seems draped of its roof, giving the structure a distinctly nautical feel, perfectly fitting the bill for its surroundings. The structure in addition demonstrates a level of environmental consciousness, with solar panels installed to provide green energy and water taps fitted onsite to discourage the buying of water bottles.
As a country known for its forward-thinking views, it is maybe no surprise which the Netherlands tasked local favorites DUS Architects to provide 3D printed parts for the exterior of the Europe Building. DUS, which has turn it intod waves over the last few years for its ambitious 3D printed canal house project, in addition in Amsterdam, utilized 3D printed bioplastic materials to turn it into sections of the new assembling’s façade.
The 3D printed sections turn it intod by DUS take the form of blue, geometrically shaped benches, which fit snugly between the “sails” of the assembling and on which participants of the public can sit and relax. “It is rad to see how passers-by sit in the wall, with the façade thus becoming a real public place to stay,” said Martijn van Wijk of DUS.
The color of the 3D printed benches matches which of the EU flag, whilst the 3D printed patterns, which build up of sizeable to tiny and of round to square, represent the multiplicity and variety of EU member states. The 3D printed parts are noticeably sizeable, but presented no problems for the massive Futilized Deposition Modeling (FDM) XXL 3D printer being utilized by DUS at its 3D printed canal house location. That 3D printer, which has been appropriately named “KamerMaker” (room manufacturer), is houtilized inside a shipping container and boasts a colossal 2 x 2 x 3.5m build area.
The 3D printed benches have been finished with a lightly colored concrete padding, to contrast with the surrounding blue plastic. When the sun goes down on the naval yard, a two-minute cycle of pulsating spotlights illuminates every 3D printed seating area of behind the giant canvas sails. DUS was in addition eager and willing to get on board with the green aspects of the assembling project, with the prototype 3D printed benches able-bodied to be fully recycled when the presidency comes to its end and the assembling is dismantled.
The construction of the Europe Building has been a collaborative project, requiring the services of the aforementioned Neptunus and DUS, as well as Actual, an Amsterdam-based start-up responsible for parametric development and 3D printing; TenTech, for its engineering expertise; Philips, for its lighting services; and Heijmans, an innovations specialist and special partner in the project, for construction and assembly.
The successful implementation of the 3D printed benches at the Europe Building is certain to be seen as a great omen for the 3D Print Canal House project, which is due to be accomplished inside the next two years.
Images: DUS Architects
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