SHoP Architects, a New York-based architecture practice, will realize a monumental 3D printed installation and public plaza at the entrance to this year’s upcoming fair at Design Miami/ 2016, the international design fair that provides a commercial platform for exhibiting galleries specializing in collectible designs. 

3D Printed Pavilion -Courtesy of SHoP Architects

3D Printed Pavilion -Courtesy of SHoP Architects

The 2016 record-breaking structure will appear like a jellyfish, which is inspired by Miami’s coastal location, and designed with SHoP’s core values and creativity. The 1,781-square-foot structure will serve as a public plaza at the entrance of Design Miami this December, with its sinuous golden arches hovering over the guests, enabling them to sit on parts of it. The architects at SHoP are collaborating with Branch Technology (Chattanooga-based fabrication firm) for the fabrication process of the truss-like design Flotsam and Jetsam.

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3D Printed Pavilion -Courtesy of SHoP Architects

“Form comes from how the building works: What’s the effect we want the building or the structure or object to have? What does it feel like? What does it do?” explains SHoP co-founder Gregg Pasquarelli. The 1,781-square-foot structure will serve as a public plaza at the entrance of Design Miami this December, with its sinuous golden arches hovering over the guests, enabling them to sit on parts of it. The architects at SHoP are collaborating with Branch Technology (Chattanooga-based fabrication firm) for the fabrication process of the truss-like design Flotsam and Jetsam.

This 3D printed monumental structure will be printed using a biodegradable material capable of enormous output sizes, known as the bamboo filaments, which is provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “You have to ask what’s the least amount of material we can use to make something that’s optimized for the structure. 3D printing has no geometric limitations in that sense, so we were able to go after this amorphic sculptural form,” Rebecca Caillouet, a senior associate at SHoP.

3D Printed Pavilion -Courtesy of SHoP Architects

Flotsam and Jetsam 3D printed bamboo using Branch Technology’s customized Kuka robotic arm – Courtesy of SHoP Architects

SHoP represents exactly what the Design Miami‘s visionary award is meant to recognize: innovation, inspiration, and an outstanding point-of-view,” says Rodman Primack, chief creative officer, Design Miami.
The structure’s unique design , innovative practice, and entrepreneurship are the reasons why SHoP won the award. They were also commended for their sustainable development in using  of bamboo material.

 

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