• protohouse

    SoftKill Design, protohouse. Photo: Julia Kubisty

    Architectural Association, Design Research Lab (DRL)

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    SoftKill Design (nicholette CHAN, gilles RETSIN, aaron SILVER, & sophia TANG): Softkill Design investigated the architectural potential of the latest Selective Laser Sintering technologies, testing the boundaries of large scale 3-D printing by designing with computer algorithms that micro-organize the printed material itself. With the support of Materialise, Softkill Design produced a high-resolution prototype of a 3D Printed house at 1:33 scale. The model consists of 30 detailed fibrous pieces which can be assembled into one continuous cantilevering structure, without need for any adhesive material.

    The arrangement of 0.7mm radius fibres displays a range of flexible textures and the ability to produce in-built architectural elements, such as structure, furniture, stairs, and façade, all in one instance. The Softkill house moves away from heavy, compression based 3d printing of on-site buildings, instead proposing lightweight, high-resolution, optimised structures which, at life scale, are manageable truck-sized pieces that can be printed off site and later assembled on site.

    Tutors: Robert Stuart-Smith, Knut Brunier, Tyson Homer. Work developed in the “Behavioral Matter” studio, AADRL.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    SoftKill: DRL tutors, fellow DRL students.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    SoftKill: Reading The Sympathy of Things by Lars Spuybroek. Listening to Amadou & Mariam, Kraftwerk, Paul Kalkbrenner, The Prodigy.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    SoftKill: Mies van der Rohe, Robert Stuart-Smith, Isaie Bloch.

    Additional credits and links:

    SoftKill Design is a London based team of architects (Nicholette Chan, Gilles Retsin, Aaron Silver, Sophia Tang) researching new methods of generative design for additive manufacturing. The unique workflow aims to produce intelligent designs which intuitively utilize 3D-print technology. Research was founded at the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s Design Research Lab in the studio of Robert Stuart-Smith. Research prototypes were generously supported by Materialise, with additional support from VoxelJet, and Sirris.

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