Ornate 3D-Printed Baroque Room Contains 80 Million Surfaces [Pics]

Ornate 3D-Printed Baroque Room Contains 80 Million Surfaces [Pics]
Arts & Culture

Super complex 3D-printed architecture creates a structure that mimics old-world design.

Ross Brooks
  • 19 june 2013

As the popularity of 3D printing continues to spread – architects are no different from anyone else, looking for new ways to apply the technology.

Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer are two such architects who recently revealed a scale model prototype for a hyper-complex 3D printed room they plan to create. They plan to unveil the even more complex full scale model on July 22nd.



The project is called Digital Grotesque and was inspired by cell division. They developed an algorithm that iteratively divides and transforms the initial geometry of a simple cube. Despite a simple reoccurring rule, a complex world of forms arises between ornament and structure, order and chaos, foreign and yet familiar.

Due to it’s complexity, the room is said to have over 80 million surfaces, and with the addition of a gold leaf finish looks almost gothic in nature. There’s no question that they have succeeded in applying 3D printing to the world of architecture – bringing about something of a masterpiece.

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