MAISON FIBRE AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
An experimental housing prototype, realized with the employment of robotics
Institute for Computational Design (ICD), Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), Stuttgart University
The Institute of Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), which are part of the IntCDC (excellence cluster of Integrative Computational Design and Construction of Architecture) use robotic fabrication to develop revolutionary building organisms. Their skin shows the lines of ribs, whose direction and density are calibrated to the acting forces. The Maison Fibre was first exposed in 2021 at the International Architecture Exhibition “How will we live together?” in Venice and represents one of the first experimentations in this field. The German researchers’ goal has always been to counterpoint the pre-digital massive way of constructing – characterized by heavy materials, such as concrete, stone and steel, with the robotic production of anisotropic composite fibers. For the Maison Fibre, they use carbon-glass fibers in unidirectional bundles, providing form and function to the horizontal and vertical construction elements of the house.