VULCAN, the world’s largest 3D-printed architectural pavilion, opens at BJDW 2015
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beijing design week 2015 makes history with the reveal of VULCAN, the world’s largest 3D-printed architectural pavilion. within the central atrium of the high-tech commercial/office complex of parkview green, the guinness world record award winning design spans overhead visitors in an arched configuration. laboratory for creative design (LCD) has developed a radical way of using the technology with the support of novel design techniques and construction methods applied on an architectural scale.

VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
top view of the pavilion from the second level of parkview green
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1,086 different 3D-printed constructive units comprise the eight meter long, nearly three meter tall structure. it can be subdivided into three identical modules, thus making it flexible to fit the requirements of the exhibition site and activity area. the word ‘VULCAN’ is derived from latin, which in english means ‘volcano’ — a symbol for the unpredictable forces of nature, and the fragility of human civilization.

 

in its construction, the arched pavilion — aesthetically akin to the mushroom cloud that forms during an eruption — took 30 days and 20 large-scale 3D printers to complete each of the units, then 15 people for 12 days to assemble the pieces on site into the whole pavilion.

VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
detail of the geometric units that make up the design of the pavilion
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‘VULCAN’ takes precedent from LCD’s long term research in the spatial form of cocoons, where we constantly search for suitable methods for 3D printing and its artistic reinterpretations,’ the team explain. ‘in extrapolating the form from the cocoon’s biological parent body, we seek to combine the 3D printing and spatial construction pro-cesses with the activities at the beijing international design week. it will create an open plan ‘parent body’ that can accommodate various activities for the public.’

VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
the shape is aesthetically akin to the mushroom cloud that forms during an eruption
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1,086 different 3D-printed constructive units comprise the eight meter long, nearly three meter tall structure
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
detail of the web-like filaments that stretch between triangular apertures
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
the structure arcs overhead visitors to the high-tech parkview green complex
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
20 large-scale 3D printers were used to complete each of the units that assemble the pavilion
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
‘VULCAN’ is at the core of the high-tech commercial/office complex of parkview green
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
filament layers overlap and intertwine like a spider’s web
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
the project has been awarded the guinness world record for its size
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VULCAN beijing design week world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion
from above, the three identical modules can be easily discerned
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project info:

 

design & fabrication: LCD (laboratory for creative design)
design team: yu lei, feng xu, liu zhongyuan, xiao sai, guo wenqiang
sponsored by: beijing design week, acsc, parkviewgreen