Vertical Villa

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  • Christopher Battaglia, M.Arch. 2017
  • Hometown

    Union Vale, New York
  • Class

    ARCH 5116 Option Studio: Villa Additiva
  • Instructor

    Sasa Zivkovic

This project looks to investigate the morphological transformation of a simple program, the villa. It was the ambition to build a large-scale 3D printer, capable of manufacturing a small house with integrated building systems. After the completion of the printer, with a 6' x 6' x 6' build volume, prototypes and designs were tested at various scales using multiple materials such as biofoam, PLA plastic, and concrete.

In addition to the development of a large format printer, investigation of g-code manipulation was used as a new technique of form generation in the speculation of full-scale construction. By using computation to generate a structurally efficient support structure, the tower villa develops its form through the placement of spaces in relationship to one another, and the manipulation of the g-code to generate its structure.

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