Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project from the University of Stuttgart examines aggregate architectures made from designed, self-solidifying granulates that are fabricated by injection molding – an entirely novel branch of construction systems. The fact that structures can simply be poured, aggregated, disaggregated, and re-used in relatively short time-spans makes them a novel pioneering and outstanding approach in architectural construction technology.
In this context, Aggregate Structure is a pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method using the potential of loose, designed granulates. The individual grains of these aggregates are geometrically defined to interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent. Aggregate Structure is thus fully recyclable and can be rapidly poured into multiple spatial formations and adapt to almost any site constraints from urban to rural.
Read project feature in 4th Holcim Awards 2014/2015 (flip-book)