DUS Architects Hutspot

Visit ‘Plant Installation’ by DUS Architects during Dutch Design Week

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We are excited to announce that architecture and design studio DUS Architects will host ‘Plant Installation’ during Dutch Design Week in Hutspot Eindhoven. The Amsterdam based studio has received international acclaim for its innovative designs such as the Worlds’ largest interactive light design for the KapellBrücke in Luzern in collaboration with Studio Drift and a unique 3D printed bottle for Chanel. ‘Plant Installation’ features large 3D printed planters that will grace our store with beautiful pleated structures and impactful size. Want a sneak peek? Read our conversation with DUS Architects to learn more about the fascinating 3D printing process.

How did the idea behind the big planters came to be?
The idea to create tall planters already existed for a long time. In spaces, we noticed that plants and flowers are often placed on the floor or on low objects. Because of our architectural background, we created in-house technologies that can build XL 3D printed objects (see 3D Print Canal House Living Lab in 2015). How cool would it be to create objects that elevate every plant into a tree?

The planters have a beautiful structure. What is the idea behind the design and what materials are used?
We took inspiration from the ever changing fashion world and aimed to translate pleating techniques into a solid shape. By studying this iconic method of processing fabric, we were able to create a dynamic shape that is still minimal and beautiful to look at. A limited set of geometric rules directs the pleats and plays with texture, light and shadow. The installation represents a moment in the intuitive research process of design and production.

The objects are made from oleaginous materials and are bio based. Not only do plants clean the CO2 inside a space, but also the material of the planter has a connection to sustainability and our environment.

DUS Architects Hutspot

DUS Architects Hutspot

3D printing seems to be at the core of many of your projects. What are the benefits of using this technique in comparison to traditional techniques?
First of all, we are faced with a labor shortage in the building industry. 3D printers and robots can substitute this shortage effectively. There are still close to a billion people that do not have proper housing, so you can imagine the urgency. Secondly, 3D printing reduces waste because objects can be tailor-made. 20% of construction material used in the building industry is left unused – again something that 3D printing can change. 

Reducing so much waste sounds like a big impact. How does it work exactly?
Most of our machines use additive manufacturing, meaning that layers are added on top of each other in stead of carving a design out of one material. This way, there is almost no waste and test material and errors can be re-used. The planters are made using additive manufacturing, for example. 

What are the biggest challenges when working with 3D printing techniques?
In general, scale continues to be a challenge. Something that works in small might need a second critical look when produced in big. For example, the geometric pleating structures in the planters are detailed and require precision. The robots can take up to 50 hours to produce one planter and errors are suddenly put under a magnifying glass because of the increase in size. Guarding the quality and precision during the entire process is key.

Another challenge lies in the way materials behave. Materials that can melt and harden such as glass, metals, plastics or concrete are all fit for 3D printing. However, using too much heat or pressure might damage the material and durability. We see 3D printing as an exciting new craft and there is still lots to discover. An exciting time, for sure!

 

DUS Architects Hutspot

DUS Architects Hutspot

What are the similarities and differences between working on architectural, spatial or furniture design projects?
We believe that there is a lot of overlap between architecture and other design disciplines. Regarding architectural design, we tend to think on a large scale and functionality is key. For the planters, we consciously decided to keep the planters purely decorative and to let its structure and size speak for itself. We recently re-designed all commercial area’s and non-schengen gates and piers of Schiphol International Airport. For a few soft elements in the interior design we collaborated together with textile designer Mae Engelgeer. By collaborating, we aim to explore and embrace both the overlap and differences between many design disciplines. 

What is DUS Architects currently working on?
We just started working on a project that celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus in 2019. Regarding 3D printing, we are now forced to re-think production processes just like Modernists had to do at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Back then, Modernists got a lot of critique for loosing the personal aspect of design due to mass production. We see a lot of potential in re-introducing personal design through tailor-made production techniques. Kind of like the NikeID of the building industry. Stay tuned!


Visit ‘Plant Installation’ by DUS Architects at Hutspot Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2018
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Top photo of 3D printer by Ilse Leenders