On May 31, “Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE” 2010 was awarded an honourable mention at the Holzbaupreis 2011 during the LIGNA trade fair in Hannover.
The temporary Research Pavilion on the Campus of the University of Stuttgart is placed at the intersection between Research and Education. It demonstrates innovative solutions in a variety of fields relevant to architectural design. The bending-active structure arches over 5 metres width using 6,5mm thick Birch Plywood strips. Through intelligent structural combinations of the bending causing inner pretension, the global form is stabilized. Simple contact-joints that use traditional bonding techniques enable quick construction of the structure. The irregular forms, that have been generated through bending- and additioning-processes, have been simulated using latest FEM methods and robotic CAM fabrication. Intelligent working chains and assembly procedures have been developed to interlace the wooden structure by hand.