The Digital Grotesque project opens the door to the printing of architecture. It suggests that 3D sandstone printing can be applied both to restoring historic buildings and to constructing new ones. 3D printed elements are within reach not only as façade modules, but also as structural components and entire construction systems.
In combining computational design with 3D sand-printing, unique architectures can be materialized without any manual intervention, and without a loss of detail or information. As a consequence, a new logic for the design of architecture is introduced: one can design not in plan, but fully in three dimensions, and this can be brought to reality in an unseen level of detail and control.
In using this 3D printed technology, ornamentation and free-form geometries are no longer a prohibitive cost factor. The scale of potential thee-dimensional differentiation is brought to a micro-level. This technology promises a larger compositional and constructive freedom and a rationalized fabrication of unique, non-standardized architecture.