The Turing pavilion was a collaboration with D-shape and Enrico Dini, in order to explore the limits of a tectonic, structural and organisational language of architectural structures generated out of the space of possibilities and constraints of a large scale 3D printing. What was designed was a “brain” of the machine, built on discrete computational structure of n-dimensional voxels, and derived from the study of Turing patterns (Reaction-Diffusion algorithm).
The pavilion study examined D-shape’s printing process where the resultant structures are usually heavy and low resolution. Introducing an increased resolution and intricacy offered possible structuring at a larger scale; the concept for the pavilion was a forest of very thin columns, pushing the boundaries of printing tolerances and minimum structural sections, to accumulate a collective and highly distributed structural field.
The pavilion produces an experience of a dense and visually dynamic slice of space that changes while being explored. Turing patterns, while they flow through time, are capable of generating topological mutations in a continuous manner. For this reason the particular algorithm is chosen to control the deposition process, as it was inherently compatible to the layer by layer deposition of matter and printing heterogeneous structure. The fabric of architecture acquires malleability and resilience through its eccentric transitional qualities. The semiology of architecture becomes ambiguous, boundaries turn fuzzy and tertiary forms or functions are produced.