The BUGA Wood Pavilion celebrates a new approach to digital timber construction at the Bundesgartenschau 2019 in Heilbronn. The morphological design and its segmented wood shell is based on biological principles found in the plate skeleton of sea urchins, which have been studied by the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart for almost a decade. As part of the project, a robotic manufacturing platform was developed for the automated assembly and milling of the pavilion’s 376 bespoke hollow wood segments, which fit like a big, three-dimensional puzzle. The stunning wooden roof spans 30 meters over one of BUGA’s main event and concert venues, using a minimum amount of material while also generating a unique architectural space. The structure’s goal is to remain fully reusable, so that it can be deployed on a different site after the BUGA without any loss of performance.
Further information at IntCDC, at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design.
A lecture recommendation (in German) here!