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AIA Pavilion in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Gernot Riether is using digital design and fabrication techniques to reintroduce plastic as a building material for light-weight and inexpensive structures. The project provides a new aesthetic for environmentally friendly architecture, changing our perception of plastic from an environmentally problematic to a “green” material.

AIA Pavilion

  • Architects: Gernot Riether, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Project: Pavilion
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Client: AIA
  • Area: 18m2
  • Project Team: Gernot Riether, Valerie Bolen, Rachel Dickey, Emily Finau, TasnouvaHabib, Knox Jolly, Pei-Lin Liao, Keith Smith, April Tann
  • Design software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, AlphaCAM
  • Material: PETGs (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate)
  • Fabrication:
    • CNC: 25 hours machining time
    • Thermoforming: Techniques used: drape forming, vacuum forming and draping
  • Number of pieces: 320
  • Portability: The pavilion can be disassembled. The pavilions cells can be stocked and moved with a mini Truck
  • Assembly: Bolt connections. Assembly time: 2 days
  • Fabricated at: DFL, Digital Fabrication Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Special Thanks to: Russell Gentry and Andres Cavieres

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