Digital Grotesque II

A grotto of 1.35 billion surfaces is materialized out of 7 tons of sand.

Digital Grotesque II at Centre Pompidou

Digital Grotesque II, Imprimer le monde

Imprimer le monde, Centre Pompidou, Michael Hansmeyer

Imprimer le monde, Centre Pompidou, Michael Hansmeyer
Imprimer le monde, Centre Pompidou, Michael Hansmeyer
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.




Digital Grotesque II - bottom layer

Digital Grotesque II, detail of printed component

Digital Grotesque II, detail of printed component

Digital Grotesque II, detail of 3D printed component
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.




Design development of Digital Grotesque II, right side of grotto

Design development of Digital Grotesque II, column capital

Digital Grotesque II grotto, column center

Design development of Digital Grotesque II, base of grotto
Images: Michael Hansmeyer

Design development

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.




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