About

Digital Grotesque consists of two-full scale 3D printed grottos. Grotto II is a commission by Centre Pompidou, and has premiered at its Imprimer le monde / Printing the World exhibition. Grotto I is a commission by FRAC Centre, Orléans, for its permanent collection.


Grottos in Figures

Grotto II

    Virtual:

  • Algorithmically generated geometry
  • 1.35 billion surfaces
  • 42 billion voxels
  • 156 GB production data
    Physical:

  • Sand-printed elements (silicate and binder)
  • 3.45 meters height
  • 7 tons of printed sandstone
  • 280 µm layer resolution
  • 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 meter maximum print space

Design Development: 2 years
Printing: 1 month
Assembly: 2 days

Grotto I

    Virtual:

  • Algorithmically generated geometry
  • 260 million surfaces
  • 30 billion voxels
  • 78 GB production data
    Physical:

  • Sand-printed elements (silicate and binder)
  • 3.2 meters height
  • 5.5 tons of printed sandstone
  • 380 µm layer resolution
  • 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 meter maximum print space

Design Development: 1 year
Printing: 1 month
Assembly: 1 day

Architects

Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of computation to generate and fabricate architectural form. Projects include the Sixth Order installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the Platonic Solids series, and a forthcoming installation at the Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan.

Michael is currently a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He previously taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Southeast University in Nanjing. Prior to this, he worked at Herzog & de Meuron architects and in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan respectively.

www.michael-hansmeyer.com

Benjamin Dillenburger

Benjamin Dillenburger is an architect and programmer with a focus on computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. Benjamin was finalist of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2015. He exhibited work at the Design Exchange Museum Toronto and the Art Basel / Design Miami.

Benjamin is currently assistant professor in the architecture department at ETH Zurich and in the architecture department at the University of Toronto. He holds a Phd and a Master of Advanced Study degree from ETH Zurich. Benjamin Dillenburger is also member of the Spinoff-company KAISERSROT, a consulting & design team for computer aided planning.

www.benjamin-dillenburger.com

Partners Grotto II

Fabrication Team

  • Michael Thoma, Philippe Steiner
  • Allegra Stucki, Florentin Duelli
  • Jan Francisco Anduaga, Katharina Wepler
  • Lorenz Brunner, Nicolas Harter
  • Dominik Keller, Max Spett
  • Alexandre Figueiredo Canario

Digital Support

  • Matthias Leschok, Alvaro Lopez

Photography

  • Fabrice Dall’Anese, Michael Lyrenmann
  • Demetris Shammas, Hyunchul Kwon
  • Jann Erhard

Partners and Sponsors

Research for the project Grotto II was carried out at the Chair for Digital Building Technologies, ETH Zurich. The geometry was calculated on the High-Performance Computing Cluster EULER at ETH Zurich. The project was 3D printed at Christenguss AG.


Partners Grotto I

Fabrication Team

  • Maria Smigielska, Miro Eichelberger
  • Yuko Ishizu, eanne Wellinger
  • Tihomir Janjusevic, Akihiko Tanigaito
  • Nicolás Miranda Turu
  • Evi Xexaki, Nicolás Miranda Turu

Video / Photo

  • Demetris Shammas
  • Achilleas Xydis

Partners and Sponsors

Research for the project Grotto I was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by Voxeljet AG. The first part of the grotto is a commission by FRAC Centre for their permanent collection.

Contact

Inquiries / Press

contact (at) michael-hansmeyer.com
contact (at) benjamin-dillenburger.com

Address

Benjamin Dillenburger / Michael Hansmeyer
Digital Building Technologies – DBT
Building HIB / Floor E
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zurich / Switzerland