2014 - OpenSource: Cardboard (Eng)

Thinking outside of the box: Experimental structure »Open Source: Cardboard« in Weimar

Corrugated honey panels form the basis of this pavilion. It was designed by the students from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism and Civil Engineering and was implemented by the chair of Design and Structural Systems. Anyone interested may visit the structure on the south campus of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

»Open Source Cardboard« is the first permanent structure created from corrugated cardboard.  The capabilities of this sustainable material will be examined with the help of this 3 x 5 meter long, experimental structure.  »This lightweight cardboard construction serves as a subject for our research.  Through long-term observations, we hope to obtain general knowledge about building with corrugated cardboard.  The source material, honeycomb panels, is a recycled product which requires very little energy to produce.  This ecological and easily obtainable product possesses significant potential that has not yet been exploited for house construction«, Prof. Rainer Gumpp describes the project approach. 

In addition to the folded corrugated honeycomb panels, a water-repellent cement-synthetic sealing compound was used on the facade. The sides were closed using a foil facade or by two rotary portals made of wood. 

In the next few years, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar plans to create further modules using various materials.  The structures will have the same dimensions and be stackable.  The goal is to develop a versatile floor plans for living and working on a grid. 

14 students from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism as well as from the Faculty of Civil Engineering were involved in the planning and implementation of this first module. This team of students was supervised by Prof. Rainer Gumpp, Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Schütz and Dipl.-Ing. Marcel Ebert from the chair of Design and Structural Systems. 

Stephan Schütz, research associate for the chair of Design and Structural Systems, is available per telephone (+ 49 (0) 36 43 / 58 30 50)  or e-mail (stephan.schuetz@uni-weimar.de)  to answer any questions regarding this project.  It is possible to visit the structure, but it is requested that reservations are made in advance per e-mail.

Team: Daniele Agretti, Tina Bischoff, Bettina Doser, Carla Frieling, Christina Grasse, Henry Haase, Jakob Kling, Alexander Knopf, Margarita Pelych, Maximilian Schädlich, Anna-Maria van Seidlein, Paula Seeling, Georg Thessmann

Sponsors: The project, which cost less than €5,000, was funded by the Art and Design Projects Funding Programme from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Further support came from the following partners:  SWAP Sachsen GmbHSaint-Gobain Weber GmbHCENO TEC GmbH

Partners: Experimentelle Werkstätten der Fakultät (KEW), Prof. Dr. Andrea Dimmig-Osburg, Dr. Ing. Alexander Flohr, Martin Ulrich, Andreas Seeling, Tino Freitag, Willy Wegner, Claus Bäumel, Lorenz von Seidlein, Collin Höckendorf

Ansicht von Ost
View from east (Photo: Marcel Ebert)
Detail of the Facade (Photo: Marcel Ebert)
Ansicht von Süd-West
View from south-west (Photo: Stephan Schütz)
Portale geschlossen
Closed doors (Photo: Stephan Schütz)
Portale geöffnet
Opened doors (Photo: Stephan Schütz)
Blick in den Innenraum
Interior (Photo: Marcel Ebert)
Innenraum mit Ausstellung
Exhibition (Photo: Stephan Schütz)
Portaltüren von Innen
Documentation of the construction (Photo: Stephan Schütz)
Die Dokumentation des Aufbaus
The Team
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