Designed by architecture, landscape and product design students from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Kassel University in Germany, the Sound Shell is a performance space for live student events on the Monash University campus green.
The shell is made from over 12 000 geometrically formed pieces. The Sound Shell project explores the impact and potential of computational design strategies and emerging robotic technologies on architectural design and making.
Creation of the geometrically unique pieces of timber and Corian and the construction of the complex project was made possible by the use of parametric modelling and the fabrication of the pieces was achieved using industrial robots.
“It is the first completed permanent structure in Australia created using robotic fabrication,” says Dr Tim Schork, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA) and the director of RAW - The Monash Future Materials and Processes Laboratory.
“The innovation, with the use of Corian, is that every panel is doubly curved and required to be thermoformed. For this process we developed a novel mould-making process and customised robotic milling strategy.
“Corian was chosen for its unique and innovative structure as it enabled the team to achieve complex doubly curved geometries for the façade. It also has a high-quality surface finish that is durable, low maintenance and can be used as a projection surface,” explains Schork.
The geometry of the Sound Shell allows for views across the Caulfield campus towards the library (from its Corian side) and overlooking the central lawn area (from its timber side).
The project was collaboratively designed by a total of 52 students from Australia and Germany over an 18 month time frame. The Sound Shell was opened at Monash University's Caulfield campus in October 2015.
Photography by Faylasufiyah Multhanna and Mohammed Anas Riza