Zaha Hadid and partners introduce the first of its kind 3d printed bridge

3D printed bridge
First of a kind 3D printed bridge.

The Striatus 3D printed bridge is a joint project by the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHACODE), in collaboration with incremental3D, and made possible by Holcim.

This first of a kind bridge will be opening soon at the Giardini Della Marinaressa, Venice, Italy, for the “Time Space Existence” exhibition, hosted by the European Cultural Centre (ECC) during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

3D printed bridge
Image: Zaha Hadid Architects

3D Printed Bridge

Striatus is circular by design, combining traditional masonry with advanced technologies based on three primary principles. The team goes on to explain.

Strength through geometry

Achieving strength through geometry, the Striatus bridge stands solely through compression without reinforcement. Using advanced technologies, from computational design and engineering to robotic manufacturing, Striatus revives traditional master builders’ techniques.

Circular by design

Striatus was designed to place material only where needed, significantly reducing its environmental footprint. With no reinforcement and using dry assembly without binders, it can be repurposed repeatedly.

A new language for concrete

Striatus opens up a world of possibilities with concrete in a design that is structurally informed, fabrication-aware and ecologically responsible. Material is precisely placed to build more with less.

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