If you could imagine a room that’s fit for an Alien queen then this might be it. Designers Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer have previewed their 1:3 scale model of this ornate 3D printed room at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo and the Swiss Arts Awards in Basel, Switzerland.
The project is called Digital Grotesque and the completed room will be unveiled on July 22nd.
The highly detailed room contains over 80 million surfaces and if you’re a sci-fi fan that thinks it looks familiar, then you’re right. The 3D models are created using an algorithm that divides and repeats the forms seen in the work of H.R Giger. Giger is the famous Swiss surrealist artist who designed the alien lifeforms and environments for the Alien movie franchise.
“Inspired by the natural process of cell division, we develop an algorithm that iteratively divides and transforms the initial geometry of a simple cube. Despite simple rules, a complex world of forms arises at multiple scales: between ornament and structure, between order and chaos, foreign and yet familiar: a digital grotesque.” – Dillenburger and Hansmeyer.
The room is printed in a sandstone material using a VoxelJet 3D printer in 0.14mm resolution and then gilded in gold leaf. The completed room measures 1.2 x 1.15 x 0.6 meters and weighs in at 350kg.
Watch the video below for a walkthrough of the whole process.