Currently displayed at Beijing Design Week 2015, VULCAN is the world largest 3D printed pavilion according to Guinness World Records. The architectural structure consisting of 1,086 different 3D printed parts is 2.8 meters high and 8 meters wide.
It took 20 large-scale 3D printers 30 days to manufacture the pavilion’s parts, which were then assembled on site. Deriving from the latin word for volcano, it resembles a mushroom-shaped cloud, that forms after an eruption. The design was created by architects Yu Lei and Xu Feng from Laboratory for Creative Design (LCD), who were inspired by the production of silk and cocoons.
“VULCAN takes precedent from LCD’s long term research in the spatial form of cocoons, where we constantly search for suitable methods for 3D printing and its artistic reinterpretations,” the design team explains.