MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) was recently commissioned by DIFC to create a sculptural installation in Dubai, that showcases 3d printing and uses a polymer made from discarded water bottles.
The design of the pavilion creates an experience for the visitor that’s reminiscent of walking through an abstracted botanical form.
Named ‘Deciduous’, the pavilion 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 upcycled from 30,000 discarded water bottles.
Photography ©NAARO (first) and ©MEAN (second)
Each of the components were pre-fabricated off-site, before being transported to the installation location, where they were able to be joined together by hand by a team of people.
Here’s a video that shows how the pavilion was designed and made.