Studio Rap creates a 3D printed gateway merging innovation and materiality

Studio RAP innovative archway for residential building made from 3d printed Delft Blue porcelain

Studio RAP, an architecture practice at the forefront of cutting-edge design, has achieved a remarkable fusion of algorithmic innovation and 3D printing prowess.

Their latest creation, New Delft Blue, unveils a stunning pair of archways that gracefully frame the entrances to the courtyard garden at the renowned PoortMeesters housing in the Netherlands.

Studio RAP innovative archway for residential building made from 3d printed Delft Blue porcelain

This remarkable project, designed by The Hague-based VY Architects, showcases Studio RAP’s commitment to bridging the gap between tradition and technological advancement.

By drawing inspiration from the iconic Delft Blue porcelain, Studio RAP has ingeniously brought history into the present, creating a masterpiece that epitomizes the city of Delft’s rich heritage and its cutting-edge future.

 

Studio RAP is reviving tradition with a contemporary twist

New Delft Blue, as the name suggests, embraces the captivating essence of traditional Delft Blue porcelain (more on Delft Blue porcelain is here), but with a modern twist.

Studio RAP’s algorithmically designed archways beautifully blend nature-inspired patterns with the city’s profound knowledge and innovation. By harnessing the power of state-of-the-art design and 3D-printing technology, Studio RAP has breathed new life into Delft’s identity, creating a captivating symbol that seamlessly merges the past with the present.

Studio RAP tiles are innovative made from 3D-printed Delft Blue porcelain

The gateway to discovery

As visitors approach the archways, they are greeted by a mesmerizing display of 3,000 unique 3D-printed tiles meticulously arranged to form an intricate pattern.

Each tile, measuring approximately 40 cms by 30 cms exudes the elegance and charm reminiscent of Delft Blue porcelain.

Studio RAP’s co-founder, Lucas ter Hall, explains that the leaf-like forms adorning the archways were inspired by the patterns found on traditional Delft Blue plates. The careful combination of figurative and abstract elements results in a timeless design that invites exploration and discovery.

A notable feature of New Delft Blue is the sheer uniqueness embedded within every tile and leaf. Each step through the gateways promises an entirely new experience, as no two tiles or leaves are alike. Studio RAP’s relentless dedication to digital craftsmanship shines through, creating an immersive journey that captivates the senses and showcases the limitless possibilities of their innovative approach.

The realization of New Delft Blue was a meticulous process that entwined artistic vision with the constraints and possibilities of 3D printing. Studio RAP expertly navigated challenges such as maximum overhang, material behavior, and support structures, seamlessly integrating these factors into the design process. This collaboration between stylistic and fabrication variables birthed a true masterpiece, exemplifying the pinnacle of digital craftsmanship and pushing the boundaries of what is achievable in architectural design.

Studio RAP innovative archway for residential building made from 3d printed Delft Blue porcelain

Studio RAP innovative archway for residential building made from 3d printed Delft Blue porcelain

Studio RAP innovative archway for residential building made from 3d printed Delft Blue porcelain

The photography is by Riccardo De Vecchi 

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