Albert Sagan for Art-Sheep
all images courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography
Emerging Objects a California-based independent, creatively driven, MAKE-tank at the forefront of 3D printing architecture and interior design have constructed the “Bloom” pavilion, a structure made of 840 customized 3D printed cement blocks. The 9-foot tall pavilion has an its exterior surface patterned with shapes of traditional Thai flowers and stands out as an example of building construction methods. Each cement block is printed out from a arm of 11 powder 3D printers of a unique formula of iron oxide-free Portland cement, a material that needs no formwork and leaves no waste. On top of that, its support material is reusable and intended for more blocks production. Then, stainless steel hardware is used to hold in place each assembled unit.
In plan, “Bloom” takes the form of a bent crucifix that, as it rises in rotation of 45 degrees, it becomes a twisted ‘X’. The waving spaces bring in mind an elephant’s foot or the traditional mud houses in Ghana, when the exterior surface is taken into account.
As is mentioned in the website of Emerging Objects, this structure is ” reference to the earliest inspirations for 3D printing by emerging objects”.