1. The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is an architectural prototype building and a showcase for the current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. Funded by the European Union and the state of Baden-Württemberg, the building is the first to have its primary structure entirely made of robotically prefabricated beech plywood plates. This newly developed timber plate construction is made possible through integrative computational design, simulation, fabrication and surveying methods resulting not only in a highly performative and resource efficient plate shell structure but also in innovative architecture.

    ICD Institute for Computational Design: Prof. A. Menges (PI), Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg
    ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design: Prof. J. Knippers, Jian-Min Li
    IIGS Institute of Engineering Geodesy: Prof. Volker Schwieger, Annette Schmitt
    Müllerblaustein Holzbau GmbH: Reinhold Müller, Benjamin Eisele
    KUKA Roboter GmbH: Alois Buchstab, Frank Zimmermann
    Landesbetrieb Forst Baden-Württemberg: Sebastian Schreiber, Frauke Brieger
    Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd 2014 GmbH: Karl-Eugen Ebertshäuser, Sabine Rieger

    EFRE European Union
    Clusterinitiative Forst und Holz, Baden Württemberg
    Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd 2014 GmbH
    Müllerblaustein Holzbau GmbH
    KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Landesbetrieb Forst Baden-Württemberg

    Autodesk GmbH
    Adler Deutschland GmbH
    Carlisle Construction Materials GmbH
    Fagus Stiftung
    Gutex H. Henselmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Hess & Co. AG
    MPA – Materialprüfanstalt, Universität Stuttgart
    Leitz GmbH & Co. KG
    Spax International GmbH & Co. KG

    Video by Cinq Visuals

    Photograph of sand dollar (Gerber & Nebelsick, University of Tübingen)
    Microscopic image of sand dollar (Nebelsick & Grun, University of Tübingen)

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