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Ethereal 3D-printed pergola debuts at Venice Architecture Biennale

The future is looking good

Man taking photo of plastic pergola Jan Stojkovic

3D printing is no longer the domain of trinkets and prototypes. Today, the process is scaling up to the point where people can build houses, bridges, and designer chairs with the technology. At the Venice Architecture Biennale, artist Bruno Juričić unveiled Cloud Pergola, a 3D-printed structure made for the Croatian Pavilion.

Close up of plastic pergola Jan Stojkovic

The pergola is comprised of airy columns that rise to the ceiling and support a porous roof. Juričić worked with Arup to develop the shape, which was created with generative algorithms that use parameters like the room’s shape, the archetypal form of Mediterranean pergolas, and desired porosity to inform the pergola’s final form.

Detail shot of 3D-printed pieces Jan Stojkovic

At 620 square feet, it’s one of the largest structures made using 3D printing technology. Despite its size, the pergola feels and looks lightweight thanks to its latticed form. It’s built from 100,000 extruded plastic pieces that were connected together like a daisy chain by robots.

People looking upwards at plastic pergola Jan Stojkovic

All told, the pergola comprises around 661 pounds of 3D-printed biodegradable material—a feat of engineering and architecture considering its airy form.

Via: Inhabitat