Germany’s University of Stuttgart has unveiled a double-dome pavilion made from geometrical wooden panels constructed by robots.
Developed by the school’s computational design department in collaboration with the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITDK) and the Institute of Engineering Geodesy, the Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is made from 243 interlocking plates of plywood that were created using a robotic off-site fabrication method.
The lightweight timber panels are just 50-millimetres thick and rely significantly on the individually fabricated “finger joints” for the building’s structural stability.
An entrance area and exhibition space connected by a narrow passage make up the interior, each with its own domed ceiling made of convex polygonal beech plates.
Insulation, waterproofing and cladding for the building were also digitally prefabricated, meaning the structure could be assembled in four weeks.
According to the university, the exhibition hall is the first building to have its primary structure made entirely using a fully integrated computational design and robotic fabrication process.