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.

By: Arzun Coban, Viktoiya Ivanova
Supervised by: Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hanaa Dahy, Michaela Mey, Jan Petrš, Piotr Baszyński,

Sponsored by: FNR, BMEL, University of Stuttgart