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Paper presentation @FABRICATE 2011

Prof. Achim Menges (ICD), Simon Schleicher (ITKE), and Moritz Fleischmann (ICD) are going to present their paper Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE, Stuttgart, 2010″at this year’s FABRICATE conference, which will take place in London 15-16th April 2011. For more information visit the official website.

Research Pavilion wins DETAIL award 2011

Last night the project team of the Research Pavilion won the DETAIL award 2011 in the category “students/university”. Congratulations to all!!

Für den Sonderpreis Studenten überzeugte die Projektgruppe »Forschungspavillon« der Institute ICD und ITKE der Universität Stuttgart mit dem Projekt Forschungspavillon: Der elegante Pavillon mit seinem leichten und gleichzeitig raumbegrenzenden Tragwerk aus gebogenem Sperrholz zeigt neuartige Anwendungs- und Verarbeitungsmöglichkeiten für das Material Holz auf. Dabei werden computergestützte Entwurfsmöglichkeiten ausgetestet und das Potenzial des parametrischen Bauens durch die Studenten erforscht.

photo: Konrad Zerbe

ARCH+ online special

ARCH+ is featuring a long online article about the “Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE”.


DETAIL online-special

DETAIL just posted an online-special to our Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE that explains in detail our project. Click on the image for the jump to the article and some new pictures. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENGLISH ARTICLE

FEM simulation of bending-active structures

Based on the PhD research of my colleague at the ITKE Julian Lienhard (, our team planned the pavilion by using a new approach to simulate the large elastic deformation of multiple plywood strips and to calculate the resulting force equilibrium of the thereby form found geometry. In order to simulate the structure’s global equilibrium, which is the sum of locally stored energy from all bent components, the model needed to begin firstly with the planar distribution of all 80 strips.  This was followed by simulating their elastic bending and subsequent coupling within the FEM software Sofistik to form a combined self-stabilizing structure.  Therefore, this structural analysis model allowed for both – on the one hand verifying the initially predicted geometrical shape within predefined stress levels and material capacity utilization, on the other hand understanding the deformation behavior of the pavilion when additional loads (e.g. wind loads) were applied. Click here to find out more about the Research Pavilion ICD/ ITKE

(FEM simulation: Julian Lienhard – ITKE)

(photo: Simon Schleicher -ITKE)

Radio-interview in WDR5

The german radio channel WDR5 reported today about the Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE, featuring interviews of Julian Lienhard and me. Here you can listen to the interview (starting at 7:20min) or read the manuscript (both in german).

Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE: Successful Opening

I want the thank the entire team for a fantastic semester – you all did an amazing job! CONGRATULATIONS. I enjoyed being the project manager for this fantastic project!

(photos: Simon Schleicher -ITKE)

(photo: Julian Lienhard -ITKE)
Institute for Computational Design – Prof. Achim Menges
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers


Andreas Eisenhardt, Manuel Vollrath, Kristine Wächter
& Thomas Irowetz, Oliver David Krieg, Ádmir Mahmutovic, Peter Meschendörfer, Leopold Möhler, Michael Pelzer, Konrad Zerbe


Simon Schleicher (Project Management)
Moritz Fleischmann (Project Management)
Christopher Robeller (Detailing/Construction Management)
Julian Lienhard (Structural Engineering)
Diana D’Souza (Structural Engineering)
Karola Dierichs (Documentation)


OCHS GmbH, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, ESCAD Systemtechnik GmbH, A. WÖLM BAU GmbH, Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum, Ernährung und Verbraucherschutz Landesbetrieb Forst Baden-Württemberg (ForstBW)

Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE: On-site assembly

On 5th of July the on-site assembly of the 80 elastically bent plywood lamellas of the Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE has started! The opening date is scheduled for the faculty’s annual summer party on the 23rd of July 2010 at 6.30 pm / Keplerstraße 11/ University of Stuttgart. To find more information about the project please visit the  ITKE website ( or ICD website (

(photo: Project manager Simon Schleicher -ITKE)

Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE – SUMMER 2010

The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart are realising a temporary research pavilion built with timber. The innovative structure demonstrates the latest developments in computational design-, simulation-, and manufacturing processes in architecture, which are synthesised in a complex construction system made of elastically bent plywood strips. The project will be situated on the University’s campus in the city centre and is going to be opened to the public during the faculty’s annual summer party on the 23rd of July 2010.

Simon Schleicher is going to contribute to the research pavilion by being the project manager.

Teaser: Fabrication of the Research Pavilion ICD/ITKE has started

Yesterday we started the fabrication of the ICD/ITKE research pavilion. Stay tuned to follow the manufacturing process and see the construction site. Furthermore, the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) will post more information about the project shortly.

(photo: Simon Schleicher – ITKE)