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Aggregate Structure

Reusable aggregates requiring no binding agent

Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project examines aggregate architectures made from designed injection-molded granulates which self-solidify.

This pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method uses the potential of loose, designed granulates that can interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent; fully recyclable and adaptable to almost any site constraints. 

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Circular materials open-up new design and construction paradigms
An emerging area of architectural design research
An especially promising method of how to join individual parts to form large aggregate structures
Acknowledgement prize for materials projects from Germany
“A focus on multi-disciplinary research at the forefront of architecture, engineering, and materials science” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 Europe - Aggregate Structure
Project Details
Stuttgart, Germany
Karola Dierichs
Main Author
Karola Dierichs
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Germany
Achim Menges
Main Author
Achim Menges
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Germany
Acknowledgement prize 2014
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Europe
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Europe

A team from TETRA architecten in Belgium received an Acknowledgement prize for their materials village in the Port of …

“Sustainability? By nature fully recyclable materials”
“Sustainability? By nature fully recyclable materials”

Karola Dierich notes the relevance of blending natural aspects with technological innovation. “Aggregate Structure: …

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