The project aims to explore the discretization of a geometry in ceramic blocks through digital tools. For the joints, an interlocking strategy was developed through the blocks design.

To augment the morphological freedom degree, was developed two block types, block A, allowing the construction of linear walls, and block B, enabling a rotation of 60º. It was essential to introduce a truss-like internal structure to increase the structural strength.

Finally an experimental pavilion was created to demonstrate the potential of these ceramic blocks.

Printing process.

Hexagon pavilion.

Research team: Paulo J. S. Cruz, Bruno Figueiredo (coordination); João Moreira, Luís Ferreira (design and development);

Samuel Ribeiro (technical support).