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3D PRINTED MUSEUM


Category : Architecture
Role: Designer/Director
Location: Berlin,DE SS2015







The goal of this project was to design a new space for the Bauhaus Archive, using principles espoused by the modernist Bauhaus movement as a guide.  The proposed site is directly in front of the existing Bauhaus Archive designed by founder Walter Gropius in Berlin, Germany.   My interpretation of the program aimed to exemplify the Bauhaus ideals through the use of changing technologies, and to re-open the argument of what architecture's purpose is in our modern world.  Through the use of today's 3D Printing technology, we can reattempt many of the radical ideas proposed by the Bauhaus in a format and conversation that fits or challenges the current architectural movement. 

An extension to the Bauhaus Archive that not only revitalized the property, but also the ideals of the infamous school.





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01 - Concept



Conceptual Overview -

      



An additional goal of this design was to create a unique, public museum space that would attract more visitors to the Bauhaus Archive. The act of construction is as much of an exhibit as the museum itself. Exposing people to the construction process will serve as a testament to the capabilities of 3D Printing and the future use of the technology.


Steps in this Process -



By having a difficult build process and the use of never before seen technology, the actual construction of the museum is as much an exhibit as any of the information inside. It would be the first ever fully on site 3D printed structure and by doing so the building itself would represent a new age and conversation for architecture

Site Plan -




An analysis of Berlin’s Tourist & Residential district reveals specific points and thoroughfares on the site to consider while designing. Responding positively to these inputs allows the project to immediately integrate itself into the city’s infrastructure and routine circulation.


02 - Execution


Constructing Floor Plates -

Floor Plate Detailing -


The floor plates are modeled after folded truss structures as they have to span far distances within the museum to fill the space between the organic atriums. They can be printed right into void spaces within the load bearing walls to fuse them to the structure. They would also be printed out of semi-transparent “frosted” plastic material that would give visitors hints at the surrounding floor and the circulation of them throughout the whole museum.


Facade & Interior




          


Front Entrance -



Interior Atrium -                                                                                                                                                                 Ground Floor Density -






Physical Models -

To construct the models of the museum I 3D printed the exact full scale 3D model at 1/10. On this model I conducted a series of structural tests to begin to understand the structural capacity of the form. It also worked as a proof of concept to show that the full scale architecture could in fact be printed and would structurally support the museum and its contents. Each piece including the floor plates and the floor bracing were printed at varying scales to test both the printer capability and the model capability.