Design and research company Emerging Objects, founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, aims to print architecture by specializing in designing and 3D printing assemblies using custom materials and processes. Their creation ‘Saltygloo’ is a pavilion 3D printed using locally harvested salt from the San Francisco Bay and glue.
Taking its design cues from the Inuit igloo in form and concept, the structure is strong, lightweight, translucent and inexpensive. 336 panels were 3D printed to build Saltygloo, each one recalling the crystalline form of salt and being randomly rotated and aggregated.
The translucent quality of the panels allows natural light to permeate the space and highlight the assembly and structure. They were connected to form a rigid shell, further supported with lightweight aluminum rods flexed in tension, making the structure convenient to transport and easy to assemble in just a few hours. Click through to see images of Saltygloo:
Images: Emerging Objects