A pavilion designed by the Middle East Architecture Network (MEAN) is situated at the Dubai International Financial Center. It is popular for its suggestive designs utilizing computational design and digital fabrication methods. The latest project Deciduous presents the passion of the studio for experimentation with material and fabrication.
“Deciduous is composed of a hybrid of 3 different sustainable materials: CNC-milled Birch plywood flooring, Robotically 3D-Printed Concrete Base, and a series of branching 3D-Printed PETG stems, a plastic polymer up-cycled from 30,000 discarded water bottles.” This is according to a project report by MEAN.
The pavilion’s goal and its material structure are to help viewers by revisiting their connection with nature. This is through an experience reminiscent of walking via an abstracted botanical form as said by designers.
Also, the pavilion was developed as a response to the current focus of Dubai on integrating 3D printing technology. This is with sustainable technological applications.
Deciduous is an effort to “explore the possibilities that the two technologies can offer, contributing to the emirate’s vision of ecological construction growth towards 2025,” says MEAN.
Additionally, the pavilion was prefabricated off-location and then combined automatically on-location minus the requirement for weighty machinery. This is owing to instances of computational modeling. The structure was created to a high level of accuracies owing to a Large Format Robotic 3D Printing procedure that could manage the project’s range and constraints.
This pavilion 3D printed from 30,000 up-cycled plastic containers stands about 11 feet tall. It makes an S-shaped pathway connecting the branches for visitants to walk within. Most of its materials are in their natural form, the apex of the branches disappears into an orange shade.
MEAN anticipates continuing its trials with 3D printing in drawing on an architectural range. It also hopes to support the vision of emirate of ecological architecture growth in 2025.