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Shell Structures for the Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn 2019

Innovative pavilion buildings for the Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn 2019
Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) – Prof. Achim Menges
University of Stuttgart – Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart are developing two highly innovative, biologically inspired pavilions for the 2019 Bundesgartenschau in Heilbronn. Both are globally unique, light-weight structures that are fully computationally designed and robotically fabricated. The two pavilions embody and express the strength of innovation typical for the State of Baden-Württemberg, which has been an internationally recognized centre for lightweight constructions, biomimetics, and the development of digital technologies in architecture for several decades. By acting as the main funding body, the state will play a prominent role in the exhibition.


ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013/14 at the Design Society in Shenzhen, China

Inaugural Exhibition of the Design Society, Shenzhen, 2017

The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2013/14 is now on display as part of the exhibition “Minding the Digital” organized by the Design Society Shenzhen. The project is part of a successful series of research pavilions which showcase the potential of novel design, simulation and fabrication processes in architecture. The project was planned and constructed within one and a half years by students and researchers within a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, paleontologists, architects and engineers.


ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-2017 is presented at ACADIA 2017

The paper “Multi-Machine Fabrication: An Integrative Design Process Utilising an Autonomous UAV and Industrial Robots for the Fabrication of Long-Span Composite Structures ” (Felbrich, B., Früh, N., Prado, M.,; Saffarian, S., Solly, J., Vasey, L., Knippers, J., Menges, A.) will be presented at the upcoming ACADIA conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


German Design Award 2018 for Elytra Filament Pavillon

The Elytra: Filament Pavilion at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has received the German Design Award Winner 2018 in the Architecture category. The German Design Award is awarded annually by the German Design Council.


Exhibition in Schloss Rosenstein: baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur

Der von der DFG geförderte Sonderforschungsbereich Transregio 141 ‘Biological Design and Integrative Structures – Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture’ zeigt vom 19. Oktober 2017 bis 6. Mai 2018 seine bisherigen Forschungsergebnisse im Naturkundemuseum Stuttgart Schloss Rosenstein. Flankiert wird die Ausstellung durch jeweils einen Vortrag pro Monat und zwei eintägige Workshops.


ICD/ITKE RP 16-17 goes ZKM

Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds.

The »Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds« exhibition at ZKM | Karlsruhe will feature the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17.