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Pavilion Design Aims to Twist Digital Perception

Friday, October 25, 2019

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In an attempt to bend the perception of using advanced technology in building designs, the pavilion that won the Huts and Habitats award at this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale, in Estonia, shows how tech can keep its human edge.

The pavilion—dubbed Steampunk—was designed by Soomeen Hahm and Igor Pantic, who both teach at the Bartlett, as well as Cameron Newnham and Gwyllim Jahn of software company Fologram (a Microsoft HoloLens application), and constructed along with the engineers at Format and the Estonian lumber building specialists Thermory, according to Architect’s Newspaper.

Steampunk pavilion from SoomeenHahm Design Ltd. on Vimeo.

At 13 feet tall, the pavilion is made of steam-bent ash wood with elements that have been CNC-milled and 3D-printed to illustrate a “human-machine collaboration.”

“The structure challenges the idea of the primitive hut—showing how, by using algorithmic logic, simple raw materials can be turned into a highly complex and inhabitable structure,” said Gilles Retsin, TAB 2019’s Installation Program Curator, in a release from the show.

Instead of digital lines used as guides, the models for SteamPunk were created used project augmented reality, which were then brought to life using traditional tools.

"Computer aided manufacturing and robotics have given architects unprecedented control over the materialisation of their designs," said the design team.

"But the nuance and subtlety commonly found in traditional craft practices is absent from the artefacts of robotic production."

The 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale will be on display until Nov. 17.


Tagged categories: Color + Design; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Wood

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