Undulating 3D-Printed Ceramic Tiles by Studio RAP Envelop a Boutique Facade in Amsterdam



Design

#3d printing
#architecture
#ceramics
#Studio RAP
#technology

January 9, 2024

Kate Mothes

All images © Studio RAP, shared with permission

Visitors peering into the storefronts along Amsterdam’s popular P.C. Hooftstraat are greeted by a striking, technologically advanced new facade by Studio RAP. Utilizing custom-built 3D printers, the firm conceived of white and brick-colored ceramic tiles that undulate across the surface, fusing historic architectural styles with contemporary design.

On the first floor, pearlescent pieces capture your attention at eye level, and on the higher floors, three shades of red mirror the original cross bond, or brick arrangement. A laser-cut steel framework perfectly aligns with the outlines of the blocks, its metallic edges employed as a high-tech reference to the original flush joints, or mortar.

Studio RAP created the delicate curves and fold-like details as a nod to stitch patterns and knitted textiles, responding to the building’s function as a boutique and creating a playful tension between tough building materials and associations with softness and pliability.

See more projects on Studio RAP’s website, and follow updates on Instagram. (via Yatzer)

 

A building facade covered in 3D-printed ceramic tiles in white and brick color.

A building facade covered in 3D-printed ceramic tiles in white and brick color.

Detail of 3D-printed ceramic tiles painted like bricks, next to other brick masonry.

A building facade covered in 3D-printed ceramic tiles in white and brick color.

3D-printed ceramic tiles painted like bricks, fit inside a steel framework.

Large 3D-printed white ceramic tiles on a studio floor.

A building facade covered in 3D-printed ceramic tiles in white and brick color.

#3d printing
#architecture
#ceramics
#Studio RAP
#technology

 

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