In April 2011, “The Swarm” project was chosen as a winner of an internal student contest at the Institute for Emerging Technologies at the Technical University in Munich. The jury was comprised of renowned architects, designers and industry leaders.
It is comprised primarily of 211 individual CNC-milled modules of Alucobond aluminum composite material (ACM) that give the illusion of a flock of birds that swoop down to the ground and immediately move upwards. When the angle of viewing the sculpture is changed, the perception of the sculpture is changed as well. From the side, the flock of birds is evident, however the back view reveals the intricate, yet clear folding system.
The project represents a successful collaboration between the Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy faculties within the University.
Alucobond panels were milled to accommodate an “intelligent folding” system that provided provide a three-dimensional and stable form. In order to achieve the curvature and overall effect, three different modules were created and joined together for an optimal distribution of force and support needed for the parametrical design.
Although durability was a major factor in determining the use of Alucobond ACM, its weatherability qualities were advantageous as well. The use of the ACM’s speciality coatings system made it ideal for this outdoor installation.
DISCLAIMER: The following listed samples are not necessarily what was used in the project above. Instead, we have suggested several similar looking finishes below.