This project investigates biomimetic architecture in the time of the 4th industrial revolution as an architectural intervention implemented in a building from the 2nd industrial era. The architectural intervention is a structure consisting of wooden elements connected with 3D printed metal nodes.
Biomimetic architecture relies on design approaches that emulate models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of improving functional, structural, etc. performance. Biomimetic approaches were employed in this project for an architectural intervention, which is a new atrium for a historic building. The computational design employs biomimetic simulations involving spatial and functional data as well as structural and robotic paths optimizations. Rather than being merely aesthetical in nature, this biomimetic structure is performative with respect to spatial, functional, structural and material requirements. By using robotically produced circular wood elements connected to topologically optimized 3D printed metal nodes, the project not only addresses the current quest for circularity but also takes advantage of the most recent Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) technology developed at TU Delft. While the 3D printed node results from a collaboration between Robotic Building (RB) lab and Joining and Additive Manufacturing (JAM) at TUD, the circular wood components wil be implemented in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).