Fibrous Tectonics

November 15, 2022 /
MAXXI Museum Rome, Italy

A. Menges (ICD), J. Knippers (ITKE)


The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) have developed a novel hybrid building system made from flax fibres and wooden panels, which aims to combine the effectiveness of bio-inspired fibrous structures with the ecological advantages of bio-based fibre materials. Enabled by advanced design computation and simulation as well as robotic fabrication processes, and based on design principles transferred from natural fibrous systems, this research opens up a new approach to fibre-reinforced composite structures in architecture as pursued by IntCDC.


Fibrous Techtronics atMAXXI-3


As part of the exhibition “Technoscape – The architecture of engineers” at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, a full-scale prototype presents this significant step in the research of the two institutes. The large fibrous slab structure explores novel, bio-inspired and bio-based tectonics, which are at the same time materially efficient, ecologically sound, and architecturally expressive, and tell the story of deep interrelations between technology, biology, and culture.


Fibrous Techtronics at MAXXI


Fibrous Tectonics: Towards Bio-based and Bio-Inspired Architecture
Fondazione MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Technoscape - The architecture of engineers, curated by Pippo Ciorra, Maristella Casciato, 01 October 2022 – 10 April, 2022


Please find a detailed project description and additional images here.


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