New ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17

New ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17
[Stuttgart] Germany
ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17. Photograph © Burggraf / Reichert
The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart have completed a new research pavilion exploring building-scale fabrication of glass and carbon fibre-reinforced composites.
The novel process is based on the unique affordances and characteristics of fibre construction. Because these materials are lightweight and have high tensile strength, a radically different approach to fabrication becomes possible, which combines low-payload yet long-range machines, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), with strong, precise, yet limited reach, industrial robots. This collaborative concept enables a scalable fabrication setup for long span fibre composite construction. The research builds on a series of successful pavilions, which investigate integrative computational design, engineering and fabrication, and explores their spatial ramifications and construction possibilities. The project was designed and fabricated by students and researchers within an interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers and biologists.

Lightweight, Long Span Fibrous Construction

Fibre composite materials have tremendous potential in architectural applications. Due to performative material characteristics, they are readily used in highly engineered applications, such as in the automotive and aerospace industries. The potentials within architecture, however, remain still largely unexplored. Within architectural scale production, where material self-weight is of high concern for larger span structures, lightweight fibre composites provide unparalleled performance. However, we currently lack more
Project Team
ICD Institute for Computational Design a
nd Construction – Prof. Achim Menges ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Jan Knippers
Scientific Development
Benjamin Felbrich, Nikolas Früh, Marshal
l Prado, Sam Saffarian, James Solly, Daniel Reist, Lauren Vasey
System Development, Fabrication and Construction
Miguel Aflalo, Bahar Al Bahar, Lotte Ald
inger, Chris Arias, Léonard Balas, Jingcheng Chen, Federico Forestiero, Dominga Garufi, Pedro Giachini, Kyriaki Goti, Sachin Gupta, Olga Kalina, Shir Katz, Bruno Knychalla, Shamil Lallani, Patricio Lara, Ayoub Lharchi, Dongyuan Liu, Yencheng Lu, Georgia Margariti, Alexandre Mballa, Behrooz Tahanzadeh, Hans Jakob Wagner, Benedikt Wannemacher, Nikolaos Xenos, Andre Zolnerkevic, Paula Baptista, Kevin Croneigh, Tatsunori Shibuya, Nicoló Temperi, Manon Uhlen, Li Wenhan, with the support of Michael Preisack.
In collaboration with
Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) – Pro
f. Dr.-Ing. P. Middendorf, Markus Blandl, Florian Gnädinger Institute of Engineering Geodesy (IIGS) – Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Volker Schwieger, Otto Lerke Department of Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates, University of Tuebingen – Prof. Oliver Betz Department of Palaeontology of Invertebrates, University of Tuebingen – Prof. James Nebelsick
Supported by
Volkswagen Stiftung GETTYLAB Kuka Robo
ter GmbH Peri GmbH SGL Technologies GmbH Hexion Stuttgart GmbH Ed. Züblin AG Lange Ritter GmbH Stahlbau Wendeler GmbH Leica Geosystems GmbH KOFI GmbH
Project information
Area 26.5 m² Volume 58 m³ Fibre length
184 km Weight 1000 Kg Overall dimensions 12.0m x 2.6m x 3.1m
Keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 Stuttgart.
Completion March 2017