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Wutopia Lab:Wutopia Lab 受TOPYS委托联合大界机器人在上海万象城星空广场上以3D打印方式落成了一个魔幻现实主义的装置,降临。这也是是Wotopia Lab的一个城市微空间复兴计划的一次尝试。

Wutopia Lab: Wutopia Lab was commissioned by TOPYS in collaboration with Roboticplus.AI to inaugurate a magical realism installation with 3D printing on Star Square in Shanghai Wanxiang City, Arrival. It is also an attempt of Wutopia Lab’s project of reviving urban micro spaces.


▽项目视频 Video

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星空广场夹在万象城背面和北侧停车库之间,广场上还有个地铁出入口。变成一个纯粹的交通场地。TOPYS希望邀请Wutopia Lab在这里创作一个能激活社交性并激活星空广场的装置。由于星空广场下方是地铁,地面楼板承重只有3.5KN每平米。那么这个装置要求轻,不易老化,容易维护,安全,防水,施工简单尤其不能在地面上做开凿固定的施工。TOPYS同时希望这个社交装置在满足功能性上要有昭示性。预算50万。

Star Square is sandwiched between the back of Viacom and the north parking garage, with a subway entrance and exit on the square. Turning into a purely traffic site, TOPYS wanted to invite Wutopia Lab to create an installation here that would activate sociality and activate the Star Square. Since there is a subway underneath the Star Plaza, the floor slab has a load capacity of only 3.5KN per square meter. TOPYS also wanted the social installation to be functional and indicative. The budget is around 500,000 RMB.


▽鸟瞰 Aerial view

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技术和艺术 Technology and Art


I stood in the middle of the Star Plaza and felt a little confused. The sense of place here stripped away everything I knew. The place was not Shanghai, it was as if I was standing in some vague location in any city, not even at that point in 2021. This feeling inspired me to explore some possibilities of futurism and science fiction. I decided to re-define an ambiguous site by implanting a definite Palladium in an ambiguous site in the manner of Marguerite or Roland Emmerich. It also had to have the maximum volume that the budget would allow, and in the uncertain daylight of Shanghai, black became my very choice. I decided to design a light huge black BDO.


▽巨大的黑色BDO A light huge black BDO.

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I contacted Roboticplus.AI and we thought that it was possible to create an extreme volume of 3*3*7 using 3D printing technology. The weight is only 650 kg (the same volume of water would be 63,000 kg). But being light can also be unstable. Roboticplus.AI has been calculated to join the steel structure (and also the stairs) to stabilize the base, the total weight ends up being two tons. It meets the requirement that a floor of 9 square meters can only withstand 3.15 tons. So it was agreed to 3D print an ABS black BDO with a robot. i call it Arrival.


▽轻型结构重新定义场地 Lightweight structures redefine the site

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“You know I’ve had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me the most? It wasn’t meeting them. It was meeting you.”



BDO降临 The Arrival of BDO


Arriving on the square, the black BDO is a symbolist installation that is simultaneously an expression of divinity and humanity. Inside the silent black rectangular body is an abstract karst cave that you need to explore, climb and then see a yellow sinkhole from where the sun shines over your head, and you will be in a moment of trance and contemplate the meaning of your existence in this busy city. At this moment, the black BDO that descends is the sacred space of this secular city.


▽概念和轴测图 Concept and axonometric diagram



Interestingly, the black rectangular body can be decomposed again, and the yellow color hidden inside will be peeled out and shine. The disintegrated body is not strictly limited to a secular place, and the joy of the human world floats in this temporarily limited place. The disintegrating black obelisk is the space of desire in this secular city.


▽可分解的黑色方尖碑 Decomposable black obelisk

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The interior of the black BDO is inspired by the book “Underland”, while the exterior is inspired by the Stargate, a tool that allows us to briefly arrive at a retreat from reality as a result. It is 3D printed and seems to be made by a human being, but in fact, it is and is not really out of human hands. The important thing is that its arrival will activate a communal space on the edge.


▽黑色BDO内部 The interior of the black BDO 

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“Roads? Where we are going… we don’t need roads.” ——Back to the Future


机器人打印的BDO Robot printed BDO


Arrival is 3D printed by the ROBIM platform that connects the design side and the factory side through Roboticplus.AI to achieve design-build interconnection, combining parametric design and space printing digital construction technology. The so-called space printing technology is also different from traditional FDM printing, which can quickly produce shaped spatial volumes. 3D printing technology is an additive manufacturing technology to achieve freeform. Among them, the short curing performance of the printing material is the basis for realizing spatial printing. The flexible robotic arm draws a preset shape in the air and instantly cools and solidifies it to get the spatial structure. The production also gives full play to the broad degrees of freedom of the six-axis robotic arm to maximize the most efficient production size, and cloud-based order production files and unmanned automated production. The final factory took 1.5 months to print the BDO in modified acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which took a week to install on site.






“The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.” —— Terminator 2





The braiding ABS finally creates a translucent black BDO. yellow sinkhole faintly visible in the daylight. At night it looks like a giant lantern again. This silent installation expresses all the messages and ideas that the architects wanted to convey to the city and its inhabitants in a theatrical language like a mime side. It is a temporary urban monument about the future that can be accessed.


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“A vision… of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how… rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone!

—— Contact


▽夜景鸟瞰 Aerial view of night view

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设计公司 :Wutopia Lab
主持建筑师 :俞挺
项目设计师 :濮圣睿 梁喆
数字化建造 :上海大界机器人科技有限公司
委托方 :TOPYS
摄影师: CreatAR Images

Design:Wutopia Lab
Principal Architect:Yu Ting
Project Architect:Pu Shengrui Zee Liang
Constructor: RoboticPlus.AI
Photography: CreatAR Images



审稿编辑: 任廷会 Ashley 

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