3D printing, we’re told, is the way of the future, but it's also a key to the past. Designers Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer recently revealed the world’s first 3D-printed room, Digital Grotesque—and it’s definitely not a tribute to modern minimalism.
Instead, the highly complex forms that riddle its surface take inspiration from dramatic Baroque ornamentation. Swapping traditional hand-chiseling for the robotic arm of the printer, the architects found that the elaborate patterns could run wild, with a life of their own.
Like a fractal trip, the result seems to “transcend rationality,” but it's actually based on an algorithm. The dividing and repeating shapes that we see actually follow the natural logic of cell division.
The 11-foot, 11-ton installation was printed over the course of a month using sand and a binding agent, and then pieced together in sections during one day. Who need a blitz-printed house, when you can have such delicious form instead?
The original 1:3 model presented at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo and the Swiss Art Awards 2013.
All images via Digital Grotesque. Photos: Demetris Shammas /Achilleas Xydis.