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Universität Stuttgart Uses Robotics and Biomimicry to Create an Outdoor Event Pavillion

Researchers from Universität Stuttgart in Germany look to a sea creature and advanced digital timber-fabrication methods to construct an event pavilion called Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show.

A group of 18 researchers and craftsmen led by Universität Stuttgart professors Jan Knippers, a structural engineer, and Achim Menges, an architect contributed to the project. “A biomimetic approach to architecture enables interdisciplinary thinking,” says Menges.

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Buga Wood Pavilion took 13 months to develop, and 17,000 robotically milled finger joints and 2 million lines of custom robotic code to build.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

To create the Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show in nearby Heilbronn, Germany, researchers at Universität Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction and its Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design developed a robotic-manufacturing platform to CNC-cut geometric panels and form a segmented timber shell.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Composed of spruce laminate, a rubber waterproofing layer, and a larch plywood exterior, the individual segments were fabricated at Müllerblaustein Holzbauwerke, a local workshop. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Working on boom lifts, craftsmen assembled the structure on-site over 10 days. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The 376 segments were joined via steel bolts. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The pavilion’s form is based on the exoskeleton of the sea urchin. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Buga’s form echoes the surrounding land­scape of  Sommerinsel, one of the 15 sites that the biennial Bundesgarten­schau takes place this year. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

The combination of spruce, rubber, and larch plywood make the installation acoustically sound. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Fully assembled, the pavilion spans 104 feet and reaches 23 high.

Photography by Roland Halbe.

It is hosting concerts, lectures, and workshops through October 6, when it will be disassembled for future use. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

LEDs illuminate the shell at night. 

> See more from the July 2019 issue of Interior Design


Swarovski and Mass Beverly Name Brilliance of Design Winners

Ever the mentors and proponents of design with a capital D, Swarovskiand LA’s Mass Beverly showroom initiated the Brilliance of Design competition. The charge was to push the potential of crystals in three categories: lighting, home décor, and architectural surfaces. Talk about global entries. The 56 submissions came from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, and Poland, as well as from New York and Los Angeles, closer to home.

Josha Roymans’ Aurora Borealis pendant is a wave of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs. Rendering courtesy of Josha Roymans.

Josha Roymans, with a multi-disciplinary studio in Amsterdam, won the lighting award with his proposal for Aurora Borealis, inspired by the so-named northern lights. The design is a wave-like pendant of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs that allow for color changes.

From left: Josha Roymans, Tilman Bartl, and Bahata Saha.
Rings of crystal in differing sizes and gradations of color stack in Tilman Bartl’s flexible and contemporary vase. Rendering courtesy of Tilman Bartl.


In home décor, German product designer Tilman Bartl won for his vase of stacking crystal components. Cited for its flexibility and strongly contemporary approach, the product has another plus. According to Mass Beverly founders Mary Ta and Lars Hypko, it is predicted to be eminently sellable.

Bahata Saha’s architectural surface has Swarovski crystals arrayed in organic patterns between layers of translucent white marble. Rendering courtesy of Bahata Saha.


A Parsons School of Design student, Bahata Saha, took the award for her architectural surface—panels based on two layers of white translucent marble sandwiching crystals arrayed in organic compositions simulating abstract veining.

Each winning designer will receive a $5,000 grant for future crystal projects. Collaborating with Nadja Swarovski, who oversees the company’s corporate branding and communications, the judges were Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based Fuseproject; Mary Ta and Lars Hypko; and Interior Design’s deputy editor Edie Cohen.

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Kvistad Gives Digital Studio Bakken & Bæck’s Office a Refresh

Custom powder-coated steel cabinetry meets Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup pendant fixtures and Norm Architects tables in the Amsterdam meeting area. Photography by Tekla Evelina Severin.

Proud of its employee-satisfaction record, digital studio Bakken & Bæck sees itself as one big family. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the company turned to real-life siblings to refresh its offices in Oslo and Amsterdam.

What is surprising, however, is that Norwegian brother and sister—and next-door neighbors—Bjarne and Astrid Kvistad had no interior design credentials. But they and their respective spouses, Miriam and Ziemowit—who has assumed his wife’s surname—share many creative skills, from knitting to carpentry, and simply wanted to work together. Bjarne, then a graphic designer at Bakken & Bæck, knew the company wanted to expand its Oslo cafeteria, so the nascent Kvistad firm made its first project pitch. “We met with Bakken & Bæck’s executive team,” Ziemowit reports, “and they liked our crazy ideas so much that they decided to overhaul the entire office.”

The lounge features polyester carpet covering the floor, banquette base, and walls. Photography by Lasse Fløde.


To re-energize the tired 6,500-square-foot former industrial quarters, the designers came up with a theme: Scandinavian Spaceship. “We love 1970s interiors,” Astrid explains. Inspired by a sample of azure solid surfacing, the firm wrap­ped the entire space in seamless Nordic blue, with six gathering areas adding playful pops of con­trasting color. They carpeted some walls and, having learned weaving, created rugs to hang as art on others. “Then we chose furnishings with slender legs, so they look like they are floating,” Astrid adds.

The Oslo office coatroom features a steel hanging system. Photography by Lasse Fløde.

Bakken & Bæck ended up loving the Oslo office so much, the studio engaged Kvistad to overhaul its Amsterdam outpost. The firm was presented with 2,000 square feet consisting of a long, low room, with one big window overlooking a canal. “It made us think of Yellow Submarine!” Ziemowit says.

The love seat in the Oslo office area is by Swedish design studio Note (as are the lounge chairs in the Amsterdam break-out area). Photography by Lasse Fløde.

While clearly having fun, the Kvistads, who have just completed a third Bakken & Bæck office in Bonn, Germany, had to work hard at their new profession. “The biggest challenge was doing everything—from the business side to making furniture—for the first time,” Ziemowit says. “But we did it.”

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The oak flooring in the Amsterdam break-out area and elsewhere is original. Photography by Tekla Evelina Severin.
The Oslo kitchen’s solid-surfacing counter and sink helped inspire the color palette throughout. Photography by Lasse Fløde.
Its custom wall-hung rugs in the Amsterdam office are wool. Photography by Tekla Evelina Severin.
The sofa in the Amsterdam office’s lounge is upholstered in a custom cotton blend. Photography by Tekla Evelina Severin.
Logos for both offices are in neon. Photography by Lasse Fløde.
Most of the Oslo workplace was painted from floor to ceiling. Photography by Lasse Fløde.

Sources: From Top: Areti: Sconces (Lounge). Bemz: Custom Sofa Uphol­Stery. Ikea: Sofa (Lounge), Hanging System (Coatroom), Tables (Office Area). &Tradition: Ceiling Fixture (Lounge). Kvadrat: Custom Pillow Fabric. Hay: Table (Lounge), Vase (Break-Out Area). Satelliet: Chairs (Office Area). Sancal: Love Seat (Office Area), Lounge Chairs (Break-Out Area). DuPont: Solid Surfacing (Kitchen). Vola: Sink Fittings. Gubi: Pendant Fixtures (Meeting Area). Menu.As: Tables, Chairs. Eumenes: Armchairs. Tacchini: Table (Break-Out Area). Throughout: Jotun: Paint. Eg Prosjekt: General Contractor (Oslo). Venserojecten: General Contractor (Amsterdam).

> See more from the May 2019 issue of Interior Design

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The 10 Best Designed Basketball Courts in the World

Basketball courts do not need to be spectacular in design to accomplish their purpose. In fact, they require only to be ninety-four feet by fifty feet while containing two hoops on the far side of each other. But that hasn’t stopped people the world over from designing some beautiful basketball courts. Whether they are built along a floating boat, like the one near Siem Reap, Cambodia, or painted in bold colors, as they are in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, these courts will even attract those who don’t love the sport. Now that you know about these spots, you really have no excuse to burn off those extra calories while traveling the world and tasting the local cuisines.



St. Louis, Missouri

Designed by artist William LaChance, the basketball courts showcase the bold, brightly colored abstract work the St. Louis-based painter is known for. The location of the courts are significant, as it’s a few blocks away from the areas of Ferguson surrounded by riots in 2014.

Photo: Courtesy of Marcus Buck


Munich, Germany

Located in Munich, Germany, this basketball court is different from every other court in the world. And that’s due to the mounds and lights throughout the space. While it might not be the friendliest court on your ankles, it surely is kind on the eyes.

Photo: Getty Images


Dubrovnik, Croatia

For those who are lucky enough to play basketball within City Wall Rooftop Court in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the experience will likely stay with them for a lifetime. Not only is the court set within the old, terra-cotta roofs of the city, but the views of the Adriatic Sea are something out of a fairy tale in Croatia.

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