Gallery: Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns wit...

Michael Hansmeyer, the genius behind the most complex architecture ever created, is back at it again - this time with 9 foot columns made from plastic rather than cardboard. On display now at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, the Sixth Order installation is a series of four amazingly intricate columns created through a process Hansmeyer calls computational architecture. An algorithm creates the model, which includes an astounding 16 million unique facets, which are then CNC cut from plastic sheets. While the columns look like something unearthed out of a crypt, they are surprisingly strong and Hansmeyer's techniques have the potential to revolutionize architecture and construction as we know it.

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  1. alishera September 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I have the same question- the concept and design is fascinating but unless the plastic is recycled I’m not sure how it is beneficial??

  2. xabria September 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Maybe I missed it in the article, but are they made from recycled plastics? Love the design, but not sure that making plastic specifically for the architecture is any better than what is being used today, imo.

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