November 9, 2015 2015年11月9日

VULCAN is the world’s largest 3D-printed architectural pavilion and recently was showcased at this year’s fifth Beijing Design Week. It was developed by Beijing’s Laboratory for Creative Design (LCD) using innovative, biomimetic design and construction techniques for a large scale structure.


The project’s name VULCAN comes from Latin, and is also the name of the Roman god of fire. In English, the name means “volcano”. The pavilion itself resembles a mushroom cloud from an erupted volcano, while up close, it rather resembles a very intricate spider’s web.

项目名VULCAN来自拉丁语,它也是罗马神话中火神的名字。 在英文中,他则是“火山”的意思。该装置本身的形状也很像是一个火山爆发出的蘑菇云,更靠近时,它又像是一个十足复杂的蛛网。


Although man-made and 3D-printed, VULCAN’s overall structure feels strangely organic and in a way biomorphic, especially when viewed from afar. It is perhaps not too surprising to learn that the architectural forms of the pavilion developed from LCD’s long-term research into the biological structure of cocoons. The arched curvilinear shape of the pavilion, which may resemble an elastic membrane at a distance, is actually on closer inspection, made up of numerous smaller triangular panels and millions of web-like filaments.

虽然VULCAN是人造结合3D打印的,但它的整体构架让人感觉异常 富有生机且带有生态感, 尤其是从远处看时。然而当你得知它的整个构筑的形式是源自LCD对蚕茧结构的长期研究就不会那么讶异了。装置的曲面弧度的部分,远看像是弹性膜,当你靠近时,则会发现那是由数不清的小型三角板和数以万计的网状纤维组成。


Constructed by more than 1000 different 3D-printed elements that were printed by 20 different large-scale 3D printers, VULCAN was built over the course of 30 days. It was then assembled on site in 12 days by a team of 15 people at Beijing’s new Parkview Green complex. Measuring 9.08 meters long and standing 2.88 meters tall, VULCAN currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest 3D-printed structure.





It is a landmark achievement that further helps us understand how 3D printing technology can be used for the construction of large-scale buildings through innovative fabrication methodologies. And perhaps more importantly, it is an exciting technological feat that brings the future of architecture and art even closer together.



Contributor: Leon Yan
Photos Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design & Beijing Design Week
Video Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design



供稿人: Leon Yan