A 3D-printed sand wall by Barry Wark decorates the Museum of the Future in Dubai


Nàdarra sand wall by barry wark

Exploring the manifestation of “nature” in architecture, Barry Wark designed Nàdarra, a 3d printed the sand wall for the Museum of the future, in dubai. The project gives shape to the evolving conversations around architecture and ecology, taking into account the interdependence of all matter in the design of an architectural surface. To do this, he uses circular materials and 3D printing technology; celebrate the inevitability of vegetation growth and weathering on all buildings; and creating ambiguous forms that are both natural and artefactual, reflecting our increasingly synthetic world.

overview of the wall

all images courtesy of Barry Warck

inspired by erosion and biophilic design

Barry Wark’s project (find out more here) addresses the importance of materials and their life cycles in the built environment, using advanced 3D printing sand technology. Its parts can be manufactured, installed, and then recycled up to eight times after use. Nàdarra takes advantage of the ability of 3D printing to create virtually limitless geometric possibilities without the need for complex mold manufacturing. This has other environmental benefits as it wastes no material beyond what is used in the parts themselves when they are made.

Motivated by the recognition that all buildings eventually erode, stain and weather, the project is designed to show its interconnectedness with its surroundings. It goes beyond the idea of ​​incredibly clean architecture, creating crevices and pockets for water and seed retention that can accelerate and promote growth and the presence of non-human organisms inside. of its surfaces. The wall forms implement biophilic design principles, such as multi-scalar detailing, organized complexity, and highly differentiated yet similar geometries that evoke the bulge and pocket of moss growing inside the surface itself. .

intricate 3d printed sand wall by barry wark decorates the museum of the future in dubai
front elevation

A product of mystery and ambiguity

Barry Wark’s Nàdarra exhibits mysterious qualities as the product of the ambiguity surrounding its age, origins and manufacturing process. It is striated with traces of chisel marks but is eroded and smoothed as with time. It has the stereotomy of ancient construction, but each part employs a complexity almost unimaginable to be made by human hand. The project aims to bring people together through this engagement and questioning, drawing attention to the effects of the environment on its surface. He sees his connection with the environment as positive and tries to break the false duality between architecture and nature, given the importance and beauty of the interdependence of all matter.

intricate 3d printed sand wall by barry wark decorates the museum of the future in dubai
base detail with deep relief for more extensive moss growth

nadarra 8
front elevation close up with 3d printed sandboards and foam


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