A grotto of 1.35 billion surfaces is materialized out of 7 tons of sand.
Images: Fabrice Dall'Anese and Demetris Shammas
Inside the Grotto
Highly differentiated geometries forge a rich and stimulating spatial experience. A hitherto unseen richness of detail evokes curiosity and bewilderment.
Images: Hyunchul Kwon, Michael Hansmeyer, Fabrice Dall'Anese
Details of printed components
An new subdivision algorithm exploits 3D printing’s potentials by creating porous, multi-layered structures with spatial depth. A single volume spawns millions of branches, growing and folding into a complex topological structure.
Images: Michael Hansmeyer
Hundreds of square meters of surface are compressed into a 3.5m high block that forms an organic landscape between the man-made and the natural. This fantastically ornamental grotto demonstrates how leaps in computation and fabrication technologies can make new architectural worlds tangible.