Monday, June 10, 2013

Silk Pavilion by Mediated Matter



'Inspired by the way silkworms weave delicate cocoons from a single strand of silk, the pavilion was created using a base of robot-woven threads wrapping a steel frame, completed by 6,500 live silkworms which were let loose upon this primary structure. Through a combination of careful design of the primary structure and the silkworms’ instinctive preference for darker areas of the pavilion’s surface, the pavilion’s mottled skin finds the mid-point between a scaled-up version of the insects’ own cocoons and a functional space for humans." from archidaily http://www.archdaily.com/384271/silk-pavilion-mit-media-lab/





movie of its making

Other links to the project
dezeen
MIT media lab