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Japanese Architect Fits More Than 30 Iconic Buildings in One 3D Printed Object

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Japanese architect Fumio Matsumoto has created “Memories of Architecture”, an exhibit that features more than 30 iconic buildings in a single 3D printed object.

As society and technology both progress rapidly over time, the way we design and imagine architecture is also in a constant state of metamorphoses. 3D printing is proving itself to be a viable tool in the world of construction, as additively manufactured structures are being erected across the world, from Russia to Dubai.

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But a Japanese architect named Fumio Matsumoto has decided to use this emerging technology to pay homage to iconic buildings from throughout history. In his latest exhibit “Memories of Architecture,” Matsumoto manages to fit more than 30 famous structures into one grandiose 3D printed object.

These significant architectural works were melded together ranging from old to new, and reproduced at 1:300 scale. The 3D printed artwork features styles of all kind, starting with ancient Egypt and finishing at the present day.

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3D Printed “Memories of Architecture” Exhibit Connects Centuries of Architectural Work Together

One quick glance at the 3D printed exhibit will leave your mind puzzled as you try to decipher what each part represents. The “Memories of Architecture” project includes different facets of these various structures, such as façades, exterior forms, interior spaces, and structures.

“While it is not a comprehensive overview of architectural history, it does illustrate some significant trends over time, such as the shift from massive to minute forms and from enclosed to open spaces,” Matsumoto said about the project.

Other structures showcased in the 3D printed exhibit include Karnak Temple, the Pantheon, Notre-Dame de Reims, the Colosseo, Villa Savoye, the Reliance Building, and the Moriyama House, among others.

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“Memories of Architecture” is part of a larger showcase called “ARCHITECTONICA”. This permanent exhibit is taking place in the Koishikawa Annex at the University of Tokyo Museum of Architecture. The museum itself is known for its architectural materials, miniature models, and life-sized ethnological materials relating to space around the body.

While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of 3D printing being used in construction and architectural applications, Matsumoto has presented a unique example of how a technology of the future can be used to commemorate iconic buildings from the past.

Source: Arch Daily

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