The H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g project consists in a digital algorithm that simulates the growth of a substratum inspired by coral morphology. Achieved by the CREATE Group from the University of Southern Denmark and WASP Hub Denmark, the bio-reactor is physically deposited by WASP 3D printing machines in layers of 400 microns, supported by triangular units of 46 mm and divided into hexagonal blocks of 18.5 cm.

CREATE is the group for Computational Research in Emergent Architectural Technology, part of the Unit of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) at the University of Southern Denmark. It aims to study novel architectural processes and solutions taking advantage of computer science, advanced manufacturing and new materials.

“La Fabrique du Vivant”

Showcased as part of the exhibition “La Fabrique du Vivant” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from 20 February to 15 April 2019 – an exhibition dedicated to the archaeology of the living and of artificial life -, the installation is intended as speculative 1:1 scale prototype of living architecture, a new generation of thick biophilic architectural skin receptive to urban life.

While developing the 3D printed system and the digital fabrication of the structure, the CREATE Group and WASP Hub Denmark from SDU had to combine biological and digital strategies to obtain a novel model of architecture, able to contribute positively to the urban environment. This purpose will certainly remind you of the collaboration of Volvo and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab, that resulted in the creation of a 3D printed living Seawall.

However, in this case, the construction system is based on reversible connections among the components which allow the easy relocation of the prototype. The latter comprises 185 different construction components manufactured using Delta WASP 3D Printers and the PETG thermoplastic material during 1780 hours and weighs 271 kgs.

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