ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17

April 17 2017

Two stationary machines and a number of drones worked together to build the University of Stuttgart's moth-inspired pavilion.

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart have completed a new research pavilion exploring building-scale fabrication of glass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites. The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 was created by laying a combined total of 184 km of resin-impregnated glass and carbon fiber. The lightweight material system was employed to create and test a single long spanning cantilever with an overall length of 12 m as an extreme structural scenario. The surface covers an area of about 40 m² and weighs roughly 1000 Kg.

According to the team, the use of the lightweight fiber composites is key to the success of the project – although its prohibitive price is the reason that this type of building will not likely be accessible for mainstream building. The moth-inspired pavilion is the latest in the University of Stuttgart’s annual biomimetic pavilion series.

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