3D Printing in Architecture, Le Corbusier

by Tracy Wong August 14, 2015

By Laura Griffihs Via Tctmagazines

When Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier completed his somewhat unorthodox plans for one of the most iconic examples of twentieth-century religious architecture back in 1954, the idea that this complex design would one day be modelled from a digital file and a machine, couldn’t be any further from the designer’s self-proclaimed primitive and sculptural style.

Famed for its geometrically challenging organic form and ability to frustrate architects and model makers decades after its completion, Le Corbusier’s chapel “Notre Dame du Haut”, more commonly known as Ronchamp, has proved incredibly difficult for model makers to accurately replicate.

In fact, it is such a particular and well-known form, that when modelled inaccurately, it is very obvious. After seeing many model makers suffer the same fate as the builders that constructed the original building located on the hill of Bourlémont near Belfort in Eastern France, London based, 3D printing studio, Digits2Widgets (D2W) set itself the challenge of creating the most accurate model of the chapel ever produced, with the aid of 3D printing.

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