Uh, well..where were we?
Right! The total cost of the materials used for the entire project printed in large dimensions (granular and binder) is of approximately 60 pounds!
This structure, without any reinforcement on the inside, can be defined as self-supporting. The purpose of Shiro Studio was to “show how with this mega 3D stone printer you can now use a new construction technique for building complex geometries, drawing inspiration from examples that already exist in nature.” Do you think that the opportunity to be inspired by free forms in these fields can lead to a kind of archi-nature in the future? We think this is just the beginning.
Radiolaria is in fact one of the first stone stereolithography printing projects for architecture and construction; the pavilion consists of a square base which supports the whole work. From this base arise the first curved forms that with different convergence join on the top of the structure, 3 meters higher. This one, of 3 x 3 x 3 meters is an experiment carried out in ten days but an even more impressive will be printed, with its 8 meters in height, length and width.
The exoskeletons of these marine microorganisms are surprisingly regular, and they have a great variety in shapes; their similarity to light structures buildings makes interesting to study their relevance for architecture. There is also an affinity between the delicate process of forming Radiolarians and printing layer by layer with the rhythm of a millimeter per minute. “Make the invisible tangible” is the mission of Shiro Studio in London, well, they did it again even this time.
Perhaps someone is still wondering why we printed a Radiolaria. The answer is simple: skeleton is made of mineral material, and its forms are elegant and free; it is an organism that sums up perfectly two of the ideas that stand behind this project and this project enhances at the same time the great potential of this type of 3D printing.
We think it will not be long before another natural structure will be scaled up into an architectural element. And you? What do you think? We don’t think it’s going to be long…