Copagri Expo

The Copagri pavilion – designed by EMBT architects for Expo Milano 2015 – is configured as two intersecting domes, composed of a plurality of timber struts woven into a complex pattern. The structure is based on a triangular-grid space frame and consists of planar wood elements that converge at nodes at different angles. Indexlab conceived an algorithmic model of the pattern, solving geometrical problems through parametric design and iterative processes and provided the timber construction company with the necessary files to efficiently detail and produce 338 individual glue-lam timber elements. The project demonstrates the potential of combining digital fabrication technology with wood as sustainable building material. At Indexlab, work on development of a system that combines computational design techniques with customized robotic operations for the wood industry is being experimented upon for potential future application.

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