Client: Designlab ExperienceArchitect: StudioPrecht & Mamou-Mani LtdLocation: AlBujairi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: 2019-11-23 00:00:00 +0000 UTCTags: art, 3d printing, installation
Sand Waves & Pixel Gate
Designers Chris Precht (of Studio Precht) and Arthur Mamou-Mani (Mamou-Mani Ltd) collaborated on this pair of installations for client Designlab Experience for the cultural event Diriyah Season held at Al Bujairi Heritage Park, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Both installations were 3d-printed but using different methodologies
The Sand Waves installation was printed using a “Furan-Direct-Binding” method where Furan Resin is printed into sequentially-laid layers of sand to create specifically bound regions. This let us optimise the lattive arrangement and member sizes to give optimal material distribution for self-weight and wind loading.
The Pixel Gate installation was printed using a standard extrusion-based printing method, utilising compostable PLA (as done for the Conifera installation previously). The member sizes and directions for the pixels were optimised, giving three types of pixel to place where local forces required them.
We were structural engineers for the project from concept to completion, working on both optimised material distributions as well as support systems and foundations.
Pictures are provided by Roberto Conte, Mamou-Mani and Studio Precht