the first 3D printed concrete bridge of its kind
EQS Group-News: Holcim Group Services Ltd / Keyword (s): Miscellaneous
19.07.2021 / 11:15
Today marks the unveiling of Striatus in Venice, the first 3D printed concrete bridge of its kind, designed by Block Research Group and Zaha Hadid Architects, in collaboration with incremental3D and made possible by Holcim. Striatus establishes a new language for concrete that is digital, environmentally advanced, and circular by design. The walkway is maintained by compression without reinforcements, applying a computer design and 3D printing, for minimal use of materials and maximum strength.
Philippe Block, co-director of the Block Research Group at ETH Zurich: “The name ‘Striatus’ reflects the structural logic and the manufacturing process of the bridge. In arched and arched structures, the material is placed so that forces can move to the supports in pure compression. Resistance is created by geometry, using a fraction of the materials used in conventional concrete beams. This, moreover, opens up a multitude of opportunities for building with less resistance and in a more environmentally friendly way. ‘
Shajay Bhooshan, Head of CODE, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Calculation and Design Research Group: “Strietus stands on the shoulders of giants: it brings to life ancestral techniques of the past, taking the structural logic of the 1600s into the future with numerical computation, engineering and robotic manufacturing technologies. Its tactile quality, its aesthetics and its resistance reflect the vision of our main partner Patrik Schumacher that beauty is a promise of performance. ‘
Johannes Megens, co-founder of incremental3D: “Striatus represents the perfect synergy of architecture and engineering that comes together with printing technology and materials innovation. The beauty of 3D concrete printing is the delicate layering and precision you can apply to reflect perfect geometry. Our collaborative work makes the Striatus Bridge greater than the sum of each of its blocks. ‘
Jan Jenisch, CEO of Holcim: “Striatus was designed by some of the best architectural and creative minds in their field. It demonstrates the endless possibilities of 3D concrete printing to enable more durable, faster and more efficient building structures without compromising on aesthetics and functionality. Its digital, circular design uses concrete at its best, with minimal use of materials and blocks that can be reassembled over and over and recycled endlessly.
Striatus is a complex structure made possible by a specific and tailor-made ink, from Holcim’s TectorPrint range, developed by its 3D Concrete Printing research team. It sets a model for building for the future using cutting-edge technologies ranging from computer design to 3D concrete printing. The next generation of inks can include Holcim’s green building solutions, from its ECOPact green concrete, to its ECOPlanet green cement, to recycled construction and demolition waste.
Today, Holcim is working on a range of concrete 3D printing applications, from complex infrastructure to affordable housing. In Malawi, Holcim launched the world’s first 3D printed concrete school, taking just 18 hours to build the walls and using 70% less materials than traditional building techniques. Holcim is also working with GE Renewable Energy and COBOD to 3D print taller wind towers on site, doubling their height to harness stronger winds and capture 33% more renewable electricity at a lower cost.
The bridge is now open to the public in Marinaressa Gardens during the Venice Architecture Biennale until November 2021.
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Learn more about Striatus here: https://striatusbridge.com
Find the link to our assets here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2v1kt01icbgnnp2/AAB1R13pqI73fISrOVn-7c10a?dl=0
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