SHoP architects' enormous 3D printed pavilion to mark design miami/ 2016 entrance

SHoP architects' enormous 3D printed pavilion to mark design miami/ 2016 entrance


design miami/ 2016SHoP architects will realize a monumental 3D printed installation and public plaza at the entrance to this year’s upcoming fair. the firm has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 panerai design miami/ visionary award, which celebrates SHoP’s evocative architecture, philanthropic initiatives, and sustainable development. the installation, titled ‘flotsam & jetsam’, blends miami’s playful spirit with its emergence as a capital of creative innovation.

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the monumental 3D printed installation will mark the entrance to this year’s fair
all images courtesy of SHoP



to help realize ‘flotsam & jetsam’, SHoP enlisted chattanooga-based fabrication firm branch technology — a studio that is working to use 3D printing as full-scale, practical means of construction.


SHoP also chose oak ridge national laboratory (ORNL) to provide a second material printing technology — biodegradable bamboo print medium — a material capable of enormous output sizes. ORNL currently holds a world record for largest 3D printed object, but will surpass that accomplishment with the completion of a bar at SHoP’s design miami/ installation.


dassault systèmes will manage the project, working alongside SHoP and its structural engineering partners thornton tomasetti.

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flotsam & jetsam’ blends miami’s playful spirit with its emergence as a capital of creative innovation



‘SHoP represents exactly what the panerai design miami/ visionary award is meant to recognize: innovation, inspiration and an outstanding point-of-view,’ says rodman primack, chief creative officer, design miami/. ‘for the first time, we will be installing the commission long-term in the miami design district and i cannot think of a better practice to conceive this installation. we are thrilled with the pavilion design and delighted to honor shop for the 12th edition of design miami.’


following its presentation at design miami/, ‘flotsam & jetsam’ will be reinstalled in the miami design district‘s jungle plaza to host outdoor cultural events for public enjoyment.

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‘flotsam & jetsam’ will be reinstalled in the miami design district

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