Have you ever imagine yourself living in place like an ant house, a house where you can see how roots grow? A London architecture team, Softkill Design, created a conceptual model that has a building structure looking like bone marrow. The use of material focused on producing fibrous network rather than a solid form. By using 3d printer, it allowed the team to create porous envelops in the model. The architect said that the material and 3d printer will help build cheaper buildings with less material in the future. They will also help architects learn about naturalistic forms of the adaptive material in the controlled environment.
This fibrous network structural model allowed us to have a hope for understanding the structure of the web: open and enclosed space and how the open area can become an envelope. The network is hard to understand in 3d on paper if we don’t physically see it. Not only within the architecture, will this achievement help reaching accomplishments which other fields are trying to achieve. For example in the medical field, this technology will help doctors to understand and teach themselves how to deal with fibrous bone membranes.
Hopefully in the future, this technology will allow us to create and explore in a larger scale, maybe someone can build a ‘bone membrane’ house.