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DUS Architects has combined 3D-printed bioplastic with a tensile fabric structure to create a sculptural facade for the assembling where European Union meetings will take place over the next six months (+ slideshow).
The Amsterdam-based studio is currently two years into a project to build the world’s initial 3D-printed canal house, so decided to use its pioneering resources to create the facade for the Mobile Europe Building.
This temporary structure was created to host the presidency meetings of the EU Council during its six-month period in the Netherlands, preceding it moves on to Slovakia for the 2nd half of the year.
This prompted DUS Architects to create a facade which can be recycled. Tensile fabric structures are commjust utilized for temporary structures, so the team decided to combine this with their recent research in biodegradable 3D-printing filament.
“We’re collaborating with Henkel, a global multinational which does innovative work with materials, and we’re investigating the possibilities to create new printed biodegradable printing materials,” explained studio co-founder Hedwig Heinsman.
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“We’ve developed a special plastic which is entirely bio based, created out of linseed oil,” she told Dezeen. “The advantage of this material is not just which it is created out of plants, but which it can be shredded and reutilized in the print cycle.”
The fabric structure provides the main shape of the facade – a series of vertical panels which appear to have been lifted up at the base to create triangular openings reminiscent of tent entrances.
The intention was for these forms to reference the sailing ships which were historically created in this area.
Within these openings, faceted blue surfaces extends out to create benches. These elements were all created using one of two 3D printing equipment involved in the construction of the canal house.
This is the initial time in the world which these kinds of “XXL 3D prints” are being shown in the public domain, according to DUS Architects. They were created using futilized deposition modelling, the same form of additive manufacturing utilized by most household 3D printing equipment.
“The FDM technique is the most common way of producing tiny objects, but what we’ve done is scaled up this technique for much larger elements,” explained Heinsman.
“We can create elements up to five metres high, two metres wide, and two metres deep” she said.
The Mobile Europe Building was accomplished in collaboration with assembling company Heijmans, which is in addition involved in Daan Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway project and an initiative to build prefabricated starter homes.
Other collaborators were parametric developer Actual, temporary structure specialist Neptunus, engineer TenTech and lighting consultant Philips.
It is the initial commercial project resulting of the development of the 3D Print Canal House, which is now half accomplished.
Rather than being utilized as a residence, this assembling will assist as a “global flagship warehouse” for 3D-printed construction.DUS Architects announced its plans to 3D print a full-size canal house in Amsterdam in 2013“The 24-metre-tall assembling will combine traditional assembling techniques with XL 3D printed assembling elements, all related to digitally customisable construction: fully printed rooms, walls, facades, ornamented interiors, etc.” added Heinsman.
“The 3D Print Flagship Warehouse will consist of print production areas, workshop areas, a cafe, event space, flex desks, a roof terrace, located on a excellent waterfront location with awe-inspiring views in a booming part of Amsterdam.”
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