Category: Built

The First Research Pavilion of BioMat Group

The pavilion is a double-curved, parametrically designed segmental shell of light, single-curved wood and biocomposite elements supported by three curved crossed wooden beams. The project is the result of 10 months of intensive work, which is based on several years of research in the field of the application of biobased materials and various concepts for a future-oriented sustainable architecture.

Opening ceremony took a  place on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 p.m. next to the Kollegiengebäude II on the Campus Stadtmitte opposite the Katharinenhospital. Can be visited until end of December 2018.

Interlocking Shell Strips Research Pavilion

The research pavilion was inspired by Diatoms. Diatoms are a unicellular type of Phytoplankton. Although they are unicellular, they can form colonies in the shapes of filaments or ribbons.
The aspect that sparked the interest to take this biological-inspired concept was, that these unicellular diatoms lock vertically, their spines act as flaps and due to the shape of their spines they can prevent horizontal displacement. With this principle in mind the students developed a interlocking plug-in system. The interlocking works vertically and the biologically-derived geometries of the flaps doesn’t allow further displacement in any other direction. No screws, bolts or other connecting elements were applied in the structure. The eight identical stripes can create different spatial configurations depending on how far they are pushed together.


A zero-waste ecological research pavilion of scale 1:1, made of 100% recycled materials and bio-based components.

Concept: Simulation of an architectural ecological space, ready for temporary usage, of minimum 5 years, with a complete cradle to cradle® concept
Cooperation: Architecture office Grosse in Stuttgart, 20 architecture students, 15 academic institutes and companies sponsorship
Planning and preparation: 6 months
Building duration: 4 days