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Achim Menges just finished his fifth ICD / ITKE Pavilion, his third in carbon fiber. As always, Achim utilizes a biomemetic strategy as the driver of the pavilion’s design, in this case he borrows from the weaving technique of the Diving Bell Spider. The Diving Bell lives underwater and to facilitate breathing it creates web-reinforced air bubbles. These bubbles served as the model for the ETFE / carbon fiber pavilion, utilizing a pneumatic framework for the strands.

What’s particularly notable about this year’s pavilion vs previous years, is the design of the robot itself. A Kuka arm was modded to not only place fiber and resin / glue in place, but also to respond to the deformations of the pneumatic formwork in real time. The structure is efficient and formally compelling, but the architectural team modifying a fabrication robot to this degree is the real innovation. Achim keeps setting the bar extremely high for the rest of us…

More about the 2015 ICD / ITKE Pavilion here.