Photographs by ICD/ITKE University Stuttgart

Development Process

Hannover Fair 2015


University of Stuttgart Fair Stand, Hannover Fair 2015
Robotically fabricated CFRP fair stand

The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) were commissioned to design, plan and fabricate a fair stand for the Hannover Fair 2015, the world’s biggest industry fair, by the director of the University of Stuttgart. The carbon fiber reinforced lightweight structure builds upon previous research in computational design and simulation methods and a core-less robotic filament winding technique. The project increases fabrication speed and accuracy while integrating connection and construction details within the fiber composite structure, an important prerequisite for further applications in building industry. Through their light weight and stackability the carbon fiber parts are suitable for repeated transport and set-up. The elements can be assembled into spatial arrangements of various size and configuration. The fair stand demonstrates how novel design and fabrication strategies for fiber composites can explore very material efficient constructions and unique design opportunities.



ICD Institute for Computational Design
Prof. A. Menges, Moritz Dörstelmann, Marshall Prado

ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Prof. J. Knippers, Valentin Koslowski, Axel Körner

Student Assistants
Artyom Maxim, Evy Slabbinck, Eliane Herter


Universität Stuttgart
Kuka Roboter GmbH
Sika AG
Toho Tenax Europe GmbH