Cooperation with technical universities
The project "rigidizing the skin" was intiated beginning of 2003
by the faculty of architecture of the TU Eindhoven. It consisted of
a technique that allowed the realization of blob shapes in a
building. The project concerned a design competition between
several groups of students, each supervised by an artist. The
assignement was the development of a pavilion for exhibitions on
the terrain of the TUE itself.
At the end of July, one of the designs was selected by a jury
(see pictures below) in order to be actually realized. This was
possible trough the cooperation of different production and
engineering companies each having it's specific expertise to
realize this unusual project.
BLOB TU/e, stand 1
BLOB TU/e, stand 2
Realisation BLOB shape
Buitink Technology applied for this project for it's
expertise in technical fabrics and inflatable structures as well as
for the above mentioned technique "rigidizing the skin". This
technique was used for the lightweight bow of the theatre cover in
"Rigidizing the skin" is a technique where the inflatable moulds
are covered with fibre glass sheets painted with (for example)
polyester resin. Through this method, after hardening of the resin,
the structure becomes a stand alone polyester skin. The strenght of
the obtained rigid structure depends on the used fabric and the
number of resin layers. After hardening the inflatable structure is
emptied and removed and a polyester blob is made.
Caravan and BLOB
The pavilion consists of a combination of a caravan ( that shall
also serve as mould for the final polyester skin) with a blob that
comes in interaction with it in a specific position. The pavilion
is designed to bring exhibition space in two ways: horizontally
with a projection screen on the flat side and vertically where the
flat side is positioned on the ground and creates a high space.
The artist Jurgen Beij, resposible for the final design, was
also involved in the realization.
Year of implementation 2005.