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Schmetterlingshaus Demonstrator im Sprengel Museum

Butterfly House Demonstrator in Sprengel Museum

Prof. Becker und Nils Opgenorth vor Schmetterlingspavillon Prof. Becker und Nils Opgenorth vor Schmetterlingspavillon Prof. Becker und Nils Opgenorth vor Schmetterlingspavillon
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The Chair for Digital Methods in Architecture will present the architectural demonstrator Butterfly House on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Prof. Mirco Becker will give a short introduction to the project and discuss the work with the participants.

The demonstrator shows a version of the butterfly house designed by Nils Opgenorth as part of his bachelor's thesis at the Chair for Digital Methods in Architecture. The shape was designed on the basis of a construction system of thin, bending-loaded plates and digitally planned throughout.

Geometry, material, detail and production were developed integratively and result in a piece of architecture that consists exclusively of a 2mm thick skin. The shown version of the butterfly house has a surface of 49 m² and a volume of 12 m³. Its stability is essentially a product of the bending active form with minimal use of material.

The iridescent polycarbonate plates are assembled with a specially programmed algorithm and CNC-cut. The finished panel elements are connected along their seams with a lacing technique, which creates the unique shape of the building during construction.

The form negotiates the static necessities with a sophisticated differentiation of the interior. The transparency paired with the iridescent effect of the material allows a wide variety of views and leads to changes in the immediate surroundings through colour reflections.