A 3D Concrete Bridge by Zaha Hadid to Come Up in Venice

Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group brings to life Striatus, the first of its kind 3D concrete printed arched bridge, in collaboration with incremental3D, made possible by Holcim. Establishing a new language for concrete that is circular by design, Striatus combines traditional masonry with advanced technologies and will be displayed as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

A project by the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHACODE), Striatus establishes a new language for concrete and is designed according to the complex principles coming together seamlessly that opens a world of possibilities for concrete in design.

Achieving strength through geometry, the Striatus bridge stands solely through compression without reinforcement. Using advanced technologies, from computational design and engineering to robotic manufacturing, Striatus revives traditional master builders’ techniques.

Striatus was designed to place material only where needed, significantly reducing its environmental footprint. With no reinforcement and using dry assembly without binders, it can be repurposed repeatedly, according to officials of ZHACODE.

Striatus opens up a world of possibilities with concrete in a design that is structurally informed, fabrication-aware and ecologically responsible. Material is precisely placed to build more with less. The concrete bridge is being built for the “Time Space Existence” exhibition, hosted by the European Cultural Centre (ECC) during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

It will be soon be at the Giardini della Marinaressa, Venice, Italy.

Picture Courtesy: ZHA