Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley has constructed an egg-shaped pavilion out of components that were 3D printed by hundreds of people all over the world.

Titled ‘Project EGG’, the initiative was developed by van der Kley as a way to help visualise the potential of open-source and collaborative 3D printing design.

The pavilion itself is made up of 4760 biodegradable polylactide (PLA) plastic "stones" that have been designed with parametric software. 

Each stone is unique, 3D printed by people in places such as the United States, Portugal and Australia, before being mailed to van der Kley for final assembly.

The resulting 5 x 4 x 3 metre structure has an organic form, with the floor, walls and ceiling seamlessly merging into an open, egg-shaped nest.

Project EGG is the largest co-created project of its kind and was recently on display at the 2014 Dutch Design Week.

Courtesy Tree Hugger