Grotto Facade

PrizeFinalists in Build (architecture)
CompanySandhelden & Barry Wark
ArtistBarry Wark

The project investigates 3d printing's inherent ability to fabricate imaginative forms and its subsequent potential for novel spatial conditions in architecture. The façade explores the potential of grottos as a spatial strategy for embedding nature in a more meaningful and substantial fashion. These spaces sit on the threshold of building and landscape and are often overgrown by flora in an uncontrolled, non-determinate manner.¨ By using 3d printing, buildings could become constructed of highly intricate and specific conditions for moss and plants to grow within them.