This is the result of the Master’s course “File to Factory” at the Department of Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. The third part of this course included the construction of a scene / bar for a HBTQ-festival at The Swedish Design Museum – Röhsska museet. Unit Arkitektur was course director for this class.
The course, Digital Fabrication – From File to Factory, included the design and construction of a structure that was used during a HBTQ-festival for one week. The Swedish Design Museum – Röhsska museet – hosted the event. The structure was to be used for a scene and – effectively – for a bar.
The form of the structure was designed by means of a parametric design model. A set of parameters were defined (e.g. material -, site – and production restrictions, form controlling parameters, joints etc.) and fed into a digital model. A series of 1:5 scale models were printed in a laser cutter to evaluate different solutions. Once the final shape was set, the production drawings for the building parts were exported from the model and sent to production.
The production of the ca 250 individual parts in 12 mm plywood was made by a 3-axis router by C6D Snickeri. Total time for programming the router and the production of the part was 34 hours.
The assemblage was made in an analog way; it took 3 hours for 15 students to assemble the structure. All the parts were fixed by means of plywood wedges so that the structure could easily be de- and reassembled (which it already has) The elapsed time for the process from design to assemblage was 4 weeks on half-time.
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Software – Rhino with Grasshopper
Building material – 12 mm plywood
The scene was built with ca 250 individual plywood pieces.
Total material consumption – 26 sheets 1240×2440 mm plywood.
Total material cost – ca 500 Euro / 5000 sek
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden
Department – Architecture and Engineering
Master’s course – Building and Detail “Digital Fabrication – From File to Factory” one semester on half-time.
Mike von Tiesenhausen
Chalmers University of Technology