VULCAN comes from Latin, which means ‘volcano’in English. The idea of VULCAN symbolizes the respect to the unpredictable forces of mother nature, meanwhile implies the fragility yet courage of the human civilization.
VULCAN is composed by three equilateral triangles in a symmetrical configuration of 120 degrees. VULCAN inherits the theme from cocoon’s biological texture by means of special 3D printing technology developed specifically for this project. It was assigned to be a 3D printed spatial structure to launch the venue of the Beijing International Design Week 2015 in ParkView Green, a gigantic modern mix-used shopping center. It created a unique public pavilion to accommodate various activities and distinct moments as well.
VULCAN takes on the form of the vault, which is consisted of 1086 different 3D printed silky components. This system is a complete breakaway from the traditional method of vault construction via digital fabrication technology. It spent only two weeks on developing the concept, over 30 days on 3D printing fabrication by over 20 custom-made big FDM 3D printers, and finally two weeks on fitting every single piece in the designated position. In the end, VULCAN was accredited as the world’s biggest 3D printed structure officially by the Guinness World Record in 2015(a piece of architecture by academic standard, which is to cover nearly 100 sqm, can be taken apart or assembled at will).