Box Megastructure

BOX MEGASTRUCTURE illustrates the possibility of designing and constructing a spatially-complex structure using simple means and materials. After an associative parametric modeling process, followed by 16 hours of intensive mounting work of 398 cardboard boxes connected with over 1500 zip-fasteners, a 6 by 6-meter structure was raised.

The structure’s geometry is complex as each box unit resides at a different height above ground. Controlling these heights for so many units was only possible owing to parametric modeling which allowed for an automatic extraction of the elevation value for each box. An assembly plan stating the elevations for each unit enabled a smooth process of mounting the final box assembly.

The parametrically-generated digital model of BOX MEGASTRUCTURE
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BOX MEGASTRUCTURE assembly in progress
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The final BOX MEGASTRUCTURE
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The structure is a result of a research and education workshop ‘Parametric Architecture’ that took place on 10-12 May, 2013 at Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. An oficial exhibition of the built structure took place in the summer of 2013 at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. The BOX MEGASTRUCTURE was also featured in an article written for the Polish architecture portal ‘Bryla.pl’ that can be accessed here (in Polish).


The workshop was a research and education collaboration between Malgorzata Zboinska, representing the Department of Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and researchers from the Faculty of Architecture at Gdansk University of Technology: Jakub Bladowski, Jan Cudzik, Robert Juchnevic and Kacper Radziszewski. Eight architecture students took part in a parametric modeling course and in the assembly of the structure.

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