Research Pavilion 2014 | ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart | Nam Hoang
The project is the latest in a series of successful biomimetic investigations by the Institute of Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). This pavilion studies the naturally lightweight structures of the beetle elytra, a protective shell for the wings and abdomen of a beetle.
The high performance of these elytra are due to their efficient material construction, their geometric morphology and double layered systems, and the mechanical properties of their natural fiber composite. These qualities are replicated within the pavilion through the use of carbon and glass fiber, an intense investigation into fiber winding patterns, and the development of a robotic winding process involving two 6-axis industrial robots weaving a computationally generated patterns.