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Grotto Facade
designed by Barry Wark


Architecture scale model,  H 50 cm


London (United Kingdom), 2019

The collaborative research project investigates the potential of 3D sand printing to offer new conditions in the built environment, not possible with traditional fabrication techniques.

It significantly contributes to the contemporary discourse on digital design to manufacturing methodologies and their aesthetic and spatial offerings. The reading of linear joints between parts leads to their primary perception as something that is manufactured. This contradicts perceptive design theories that stipulates for spaces to be appreciated as natural, the structures which enclose them must employ the same aesthetic qualities as nature, in this instance, continuous and complex.

This topic is explored through collaborative prototyping between Barry Wark and Sandhelden where the research has produced a 3D printing architectural model.


The scale model offers an image of how a building might look using the technology and the digital design to be manufacturing outlined above. In addition to this, when read at 1:1, it offers an understanding of the complexity each individual component could embody. The result would be spatial conditions and assemblies not yet experienced in the built environment. 

Available on request.


Quartz sand (SH – F01)

Barry Wark

Barry Wark

Barry Wark is an architect, designer and teacher based in London. His work explores the manifestation of nature in architecture, augmented by emerging digital design and fabrication technologies.

He operates both in academia at The Bartlett School of Architecture through design research; and in practice where he implements his speculative work. As a leading proponent of computation and Biodesign, he often gives lectures and exhibits his work internationally.

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