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Featherweight: Research pavilion incorporating carbon fibres

By building these temporary research pavilions, the Institute for Computational Design (ICED) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITCHED) at Stuttgart University want to demonstrate the architectural potential that is be found in nature by applying it in a robotic fabrication process. In this year's case an initially flexible pneumatic formwork was gradually stiffened by reinforcing it with carbon fibres from the inside.  The featherweight fibre-reinforced shell has resulted in a structure that enables unique architectural qualities while being highly material-effective alongside. Plus the pavilion looks extraordinarily attractive, particularly when lit from the inside at night. A film on the project and further information can be accessed here.

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