Digital Grotesque. Printed Architecture from Sand.

This is probably one of the coolest things I have seen done with a 3D printer in a while. Digital Grotesque is a human scale fully immersive enclosed structure that was completely printed out of sand using a 3D printer. The structure measures 172 square feet in size, and creates a fictive narrative space that is less concerned with functionality than with the expressive formal potentials of digital technologies.

Designed by Michael Hansmeyer, and Benjamin Dillenburger every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected, between control and relinquishment.

Michael Hansmeyer
Benjamin Dillenburger

Partners and Sponsors:
• Chair for CAAD, Prof. Hovestadt, ETH Zurich
• Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
• voxeljet AG
• FRAC Centre
• Strobel Quarzsand GmbH
• Pro Helvetia

Research for the Digital Grotesque project was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by voxeljet AG. The first part of Digital Grotesque is a commission by FRAC Centre for its permanent collection.

Fabrication Team:
Maria Smigielska, Miro Eichelberger, Yuko Ishizu, Jeanne Wellinger, Tihomir Janjusevic, Nicolás Miranda Turu, Evi Xexaki, Akihiko Tanigaito

Video & Photo:
Demetris Shammas, Achilleas Xydis