Lamella - 3D Printed Shading Structures


Lamella takes inspiration from nature and adopts its organic forms in an abstracted parametric design. The structure features a 3D-printed concrete trunk, a UV-resistant polymer canopy, and a sturdy steel frame system. This project exemplifies the fusion of innovative materials and advanced construction techniques.

The structure embodies sustainability, modularity, and rapid construction through 3D printing. It offers a glimpse into the future of architectural design, where mass customization and adaptability seamlessly integrate into any environment.

Endless Possibilities with 3D Printing

Another one of the exciting aspects of this shading structure is the way it showcases the potential of 3D printing in architecture. This technology allows for mass customization, where each structure can be tailored to suit the unique needs and aesthetics of its environment.

The high level of repeatability ensures that the desired form and quality are maintained across multiple iterations, while the flexibility of design opens a world of possibilities for integration into diverse locations. Moreover, 3D printing allows for faster construction times, as the design easily incorporates a structural system with grooves for the installation of CNC-bent steel pipes into the trunks. This not only expedites the construction process but also ensures the structural integrity of each unit.

Since Lamella is a repeatable collection of variable structures, it intuitively fills large strips or extending paths with ease. Each of these structures is uniquely variated to match the same diversity of forms found in nature while maintaining the same visual identity and overall aesthetic.

Beyond aesthetics, Lamella showcases the practical benefits of 3D printing, enabling limitless customization, faster construction, and unique designs that cannot be achieved with traditional construction. It's not just a structure; it's a practical glimpse into the future of architecture, reflecting MEAN's commitment to innovative design and emergent technologies.

  1. Type
  2. Client
  3. Location
    Saudi arabia
  4. Status
  5. Lead
    Riyad Joucka
  6. Team
    Gaston Sanchez Sarmiento, Joan D'Silva, Jonsen Javier, Taimaa Barakat
  7. Visualizers
    VIKSEL Studio
  8. Date

Innovation in Materiality & Structure

This shading is made up of components that showcase the unique materials and techniques that are enabled by 3D-printing. The trunk, which acts as the structural backbone, is fabricated with 3D-printed concrete. This cutting-edge technology not only ensures the durability of the structure but also allows for a level of precision and complexity that traditional construction methods cannot match.

The canopy, designed to mimic the crown shyness phenomenon, is constructed from a 3D-printed polymer that boasts exceptional UV resistance, ensuring longevity and resilience in the face of varying weather conditions. To unify the trunk and canopy, a sturdy steel frame system has been implemented, providing a robust yet elegant connection between the two elements.

Sustainability in Every Branch

Sustainability is a guiding principle in the design and execution of this shading structure, as it embraces a modular approach that allows it to be easily disassembled, reconfigured, or scaled up to adapt to different settings, thus minimizing waste and resource use. To reduce its carbon footprint further, the canopy features photovoltaic (PV) panels, which not only power the structure's built-in lighting but also store surplus energy for use by the surrounding area, contributing to a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Detail Drawings Showing Joint Systems, Structural Details, & Trunk Components




Lighting Model Showing Various Options of Lighting Schemes

Photographs of 3D-Printed Physical Model

System Diagrams Showing the Installations' Components & Slices

Typology Diagrams Showing Unique Tree Types

Drawings Showing Installation in Plans and Elevations