Digital Grotesque|Michael Hansmeyer

Digital Grotesque is between chaos and order, both natural and artificial, neither foreign nor familiar. Michael Hansmeyer uses algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. Now these complex forms can be brought out of the computer using additive manufacturing. Bits and bytes can be rendered directly into reality.

In this project every detail of the architecture is generated through customised algorithms, without any manual intervention. A simple input form is recursively refined and enriched, culminating in geometric mesh.

Natural sandstone (sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized minerals or rock grains. Most sandstone is composed of quartz or feldspar because these are the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust) is a relatively soft material that is easy to work while still having structural resistance. Once it is post-processed, 3D printed sandstone has very similar properties. In order to reinforce its structural stabilities, the printed sandstone can is infiltrated with resin.

 

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