This research investigates architectural-scale, concrete 3D printing for the fabrication of rapidly-constructed, structurally-optimized concrete lattice structures. The vaulted space invites community collaboration, gathering, and activity under the shade provided by the concrete lattice shell. The material qualities are created during the fabrication process with striations of layered concrete and resulting textures emanating from the aggregate sub-surface on which each panel is printed. The global form is an example of panelized shell construction that investigates the intersection of computation, engineering, and architectural form.
Christopher A. Battaglia is the 2018-19 Design Innovation Fellow and assistant teaching professor at Ball State University’s Department of Architecture. Battaglia researches techniques to spatialize concrete through additive manufacturing and digital fabrication techniques. His interests in material manipulation, computation, and the fabrication of self-built digital tools were sparked during a research studio at Cornell focused on large scale 3D printing and its potential applications. As an intern architect with the NYC office of Morphosis, Battaglia helped design the punched metal facade of Cornell Tech’s Bloomberg Center in coordination with Zahner. Battaglia holds a bachelor of science degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a master of architecture degree from Cornell University, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit 2017 and the Eschweiler Prize for Merit and Distinction in M.Arch Design Studio 2017. Battaglia continues to work in collaboration with the Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL) at Cornell University, with their research published in both Rob|Arch and ACADIA.