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Constructed by five students at the University of Stuttgartā€™sĀ Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, this MDF installation takes its inspiration from the construction of honeycomb. But whereas most honeycomb is regularized through its hexagonal openings, this assembly is a net of pentagonal shapes that give it a more skewed and organically flowing form. Built from a series of quadrilateral pieces of MDF, the installation was generated through an algorithm that took into account the location of the structure and the views through it.

The installation is first and foremost an experiment on directing the views of the observer. By deviating from the static pattern of hexagons to create a more free-flowing shape, the structure frames specific views from one side to the other. This technique is often used in exhibits, and has also been applied along the walls of interiors for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Aesthetically, the technique transforms a space into something more organic and free flowing. Functionally, the flat horizontal pieces can serve effectively as shelving units, although regularized hexagonal shapes lend themselves more towards that purpose.


  1. The honeycomb brings to my mind ideas of possible acoustical effects depending on the size of the honeycomb openings. Also light filtering capabilities can also be an added effect of a design like this.