ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD-ITKE Pavilion, Inhabitat.com
ICD-ITKE Pavilion, inhabitat.com

The pavilion by the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) of the University of Stuttgart consists of a robotically woven carbon fiber structure inspired on the protective shells of beetles that explores the limits of biomimetic design and lightweight shells. Through a double layered system design, their natural fiber composites and their geometric shape and morphology, these shells have proven to be a model for high efficient construction.

The pavilion was made from glass and carbon fiber reinforced polymers, providing a high strength-to-weight ratio. The entire pavilion covers an area of 50 square meters (538 square feet) and weights 593 kg.

Isn’t this amazing?

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Pavillion fiber structure

Architects: 

Institute for Computational Design – ICD

Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – ITKE