The University of Stuttgart recently unveiled a gorgeous geometric pavilion made entirely by a robotic prefab building system. Called The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall, it was developed by the school's computational design department out of interlocking plywood panels. Shaped like a giant peanut shell, the unique modular building is both material and energy-efficient.
The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is located in the picturesque town of Gmünd, Stuttgart. It was designed to showcase current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. Funded by the European Union and the state of Baden-Württemberg, the project was led by the Institute for Computational Design‘s (ICD) Achim Menges.
Designed in collaboration with the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITDK) and the Institute of Engineering Geodesy, the pavilion was erected in four weeks. It consists of 243 geometrically different plates of beech plywood, robotically prefabricated off-site and assembled on-site. The building is insulated and energy-efficient, and it also saves on materials as the wooden panels are less than two inches thick.
Photos by Roland Halbe and ICD