DigitalFUTURES Project Award 2020 – Steampunk



This award is given to a recently completed project that has a significant contribution to architectural discipline through applications of digital technology. The scale of the project could be ranging from fashion design to urban development.

Steampunk is a pavilion constructed from steam-bent hardwood using primitive hand tools augmented with the precision of intelligent holographic guides. Designed by Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham (Fologram), Soomeen Hahm Design and Igor Pantic with Format Engineers, the installation was built for the 5th edition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) in Estonia, and will remain in place until the Biennale’s next edition. The structure is a prototype for an adaptive design and fabrication system, which is resilient to wide tolerances in material behaviour and fabrication accuracy. The pavilion was built out of steam-bent timber and steel elements, assembled into intricate curved geometries following holographic guides projected through an AR headset. This was to assure precision in what is otherwise a pure craft based process, making it the largest structure to date built on the principles of Augmented Reality assisted fabrication.

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