Dr. Markus Holzbach, a professor at the Offenbach Academy of Art and Design, organized a team to design the Hybrid Diamantenbörse, which is a voronoi installation. Xing Wang took the lead in designing this structure as the parametric engineer for this project. The design was exhibited in Frankfurt in January 2011 and it explores the composition and combinations of cellular geometries that entirely rely on computational design.

Arch2o-Hybrid Diamantenbörse  Dr. Markus Holzbach, Xing Wang  (2)

Courtesy of Dr. Markus Holzbach, Xing Wang

The aim of this project was to build a pavilion with in Diamantenbörse, Frankfurt. Mobius geometry and the combination of 3D voronoi patter structure is what this design is based on. During the exhibition there were special light effects that the design team tried to integrate with in the design. The 3D voronoi structure is made up of straight wood panels that are produced by 5 axis milling machine and constructed on site.

Arch2o-Hybrid Diamantenbörse  Dr. Markus Holzbach, Xing Wang  (5)

Courtesy of Dr. Markus Holzbach, Xing Wang

Most of the parts are milled out using a 3 axis cutting method where only the end parts of the panels with slope are cut though the 5 axis setting and this is done to save time and material. The objective was to create the complex 3D structure in a parametric manner while preparing fully detailed CNC fabrication files. The parametric solution for this arrangement allowed the opportunity to modify the composition multiple times on various design stages.

By Andreas Papazafeiropoulos

Courtesy of Dr. Markus Holzbach, Xing Wang

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