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Saviola Pavilion

2023

Milan, Italy

Credits

Technical Design, Production and Assembly by Maestro Technologies: Mykola Murashko, Kohei Nakajima, Sara Zampieron, Konstantin Loshkov, Corrado Curti.

Architectural Design by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati & Italo Rota.

Maestro Technologies, a construction technology startup, was pleased to participate at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, constructing a pavilion for Saviola, the world’s leading manufacturer of recycled wood products. With this project, Maestro launched a new software tool to enable efficient construction of mass-customized architecture using digital fabrication.  The installation, designed alongside CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati & Italo Rota paid tribute to the intelligence of nature while advancing the possibility of circularity in design and was on display at Salone del Mobile from 17th to 21st April 2024.

The pavilion was the first to be constructed with the Maestro Platform, a digital tool that bridges data between “Building Information Modeling” (BIM), CNC manufacturing processes, and the assembly operation on site. In doing so, the Maestro platform creates a seamless integration between digital data & physical component parts, enabling us to manufacture and assemble bespoke components at scale. 

The Maestro Platform is a key step forward in the Maestro Method, in which architectural designs are rendered into digital instructions for machine production across our European network. These components are then flat-packed and shipped for easy dry assembly – but coordinating the manufacturing network and assembly crews presents challenges when dealing with mass-customized parts. The Maestro Platform is designed to eliminate these challenges. The software package serves CNC-compatible instructions to machinery operators and ensures that components across the network are uniformly tagged. Each component tag is QR-linked back to the digital twin, enabling traceability throughout the production process and delivering interactive assembly instructions once the component arrives on site.  Using the detailed interactive instructions, every member of the team can visualize how each component fits into the whole. The dry-mount design of Maestro structures combined with digital assembly guidance enables rapid assembly – despite its complex geometry, the Saviola pavilion was constructed in under two days: a significant improvement vis-a-vis traditional construction.

Designed by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota, the pavilion was inspired by the natural form of the artichoke, recalling Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke lamp for Louis Poulsen, while also taking direct inspiration from the plant itself, with each panel arranged in a Fibonacci spiral like the leaves of an artichoke. Maestro’s team transformed the design vision into a set of interlocking components, engineering the pavilion structure & paneling to be manufactured exclusively from recycled chipboard panels. The installation was comprised of more than 250 custom prefabricated components, that are designed to be disassembled, reused, and at end-of-life will be recycled once more.

“This deployment of the platform is a major step forward for Maestro, as we demonstrate how the scalability and efficiencies of software can empower modern craftsmanship in the construction industry”,  says Mykola Murashko, CEO of Maestro Technologies. “The inefficiencies of construction- in terms of time, emissions, and cost stem from manual building processes on site which have remained largely unchanged for the better part of a century. Maestro changes this by tackling the complexity of the building process in the controlled environment of the machine hall. Once our components arrive on site, the Platform gives every crew member access to crucial information, democratising the build process and making construction simpler, faster, and greener.”

Credits

Technical Design, Production and Assembly by Maestro Technologies: Mykola Murashko, Kohei Nakajima, Sara Zampieron, Konstantin Loshkov, Corrado Curti.

Architectural Design by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati & Italo Rota.

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