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The IASS BIC artwork is a suspended pavilion made from a 24-square-meter mesh of pens. The designers used two algorithms and 3D-modeling software to create the mesh’s geometry. There are three parts to the structure: the hanging cable net, the intermediate bending resistant truss, and the central hump. The outer part of the canopy works in tension, while the central part is in compression.

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The suspended pavilion is built from connected glue-free tetrahedron modules. Each module is made up of three BIC Cristal pens connected in place by a vertex connector at the top and a laser-cut plexiglass triangle base with a pyramid base connector at the bottom. “The idea behind the BIC structure was to create a structurally innovative pavilion from elements that were not conceived for structural purposes,” writes AAU Anastas. “Employing modern aspects of the design process such as computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing allowed us to change the function of the BIC pen in a unique way creating a structural paradigm that reflects our culture of recycling, reusing and transforming and relates to IASS.”

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