FLEXIBLE FORMS Wood & Biocomposites Research Pavilion

Experimenting bio-based materials for a future sustainable lightweight architecture



Fotos Credit: © BioMat at ITKE/Universität Stuttgart

The ceremonial opening of the first pavilion of the BioMat research group at ITKE took place on Wednesday, August 15th next to the Kollegiengebäude II on the Campus Stadtmitte opposite the Katharinenhospital.

The pavilion is a double-curved, parametrically designed segmental shell of light, single-curved wood and biocomposite elements supported by three curved crossed wooden beams. All elements can then be separated and reused to form various other designs and constellations. The holistic geometry of the shell resembles a 3D fabric in which the curved elements are connected with nodes in all directions in space. This allows us to express new aesthetic architectural features of the future made possible by the use of digital manufacturing technologies and data flow management.

This project is the result of 10 months of intensive work, which is based on several years of research in the field of the application of biobased materials and various concepts for a future-oriented sustainable architecture.

This pavilion is the direct result of cooperation between experienced architects, around 40 architecture students over two semesters, with support from the University of Stuttgart, the German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and multiple industrial funding.

Industrial and research cooperation took place with:  Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung (Fraunhofer WKI), Mathias Stange ETS  and profine GmbH in the framework of the Research Project (BioProfile), FKZ: 22021516

International and local collaboration has taken place, among others with the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands (TU/e) – Department of Built Environment – Prof. Patrick Teuffel and various institutes of the University of Stuttgart, including the Institute of Construction and Structural Design (KE, Faculty 02: Civil and Environmental Engineering) – Prof. Urlike Kuhlmann and the Institute of Engineering Geodesy (IIGS, Faculty 06: Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy) – Prof. Volker Schwieger.

The pavilion should be further exhibited in the centre of Stuttgart till at least the end of September 2018.


Director: Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy
Tutors: Michaela Mey, Piotr Baszyński, Jan Petrš