VULCAN: the world's largest 3D-printed architectural pavilion

Guinness World Record Award winning design presented during Beijing Design Week 2015

October 2015
Led by architects Yu Lei and Xu Feng, Beijing’s Laboratory for Creative Design (LCD) has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest 3D printed architectural pavilion. At 8.08m long by 2.88m tall and made up of 1023 individual 3D printed units, the unprecedented structure, dubbed VULCAN was presented as part of Beijing Design Week 2015. Challenging preconceptions of 3D printed objects as limited to souvenir making, or small-scale objects, LCD’s designers have developed radical new ways of applying the technology to construction. The system, based on LCD’s long-term research in to the spatial form of cocoons represents a complete breakaway from the traditional method of arch construction.