All throughout history, stucco has been a very significant element in architecture. Internal and external walls of buildings have always been beautified with different decorative motifs, charging spaces and structures with distinction and identity, but also with symbolical meaning and functional aspects.
Our “Stuck” projects aims at bringing back some of the original aspects of stucco, but also adding new functions to the theme, whilst utilising modern digital tools and craft.
As digital tools and additive technologies are our tools for design and production, there is an opportunity to define a new morphology for this product.
Starting as a “designers in residency” project at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, the project evolved from a purely decorative design to one that actually benefits the space and its inhabitants.
The stuck fulfills not just a decorative, but also an acoustic and air purification function. The rugged and intricate surface absorbs sound waves, reducing echo and reverberation.
The additive technologies offer a new level of structural potential, through which the inner life of objects can also be designed, expanding the properties of materials. In this case, the Gyroid pattern by Alan Schoen, a geometry which results in an infinite minimal surface, has been used, resulting in a lightweight, but very robust structure. Passing thourgh accoustics waves get dampened and air can circulate for purification (depending on the used material).
Air purification and acoustic absorption
“Sub Rosa (latin) (under the rose / in confidence ) from the practice in diplomacy during the Middle Ages of hanging a rose over a meeting as a sign of confidentiality and freedom to speak candidly.”
After our first protototype in 3D printed PLA, we have proceeded to testing the geometry with 3D printed ceramic. The materialisation of objects in printed ceramics present an extra challenge for the realisation of this project, but at the same time opens up new possibilities in the field of additive technologies.
Further models and result will follow in a near future…