Named after summer childhood memories of catching glowing click beetles in the backyard, a cocoon shaped sculpture-outdoor waterside mobile grab-and-go café, Cucuyo – a the cocoon shaped café was designed by South Florida’s celebrated Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA) and manufactured by Amsterdam-based MX3D, using innovative 3D printing technology. Set to open in mid-September 2017, the stainless-steel café is influenced by the context and architecture of PAMM and is the first of its kind.
Using MX3D’s industrial robot equipped with an advanced welding machine and controlled by newly developed software, the open shell exterior was constructed using intricate, thin crossbeams that encase the interior of the café and provide an aura of protection all while allowing breezes from Biscayne Bay to pass through the openings. The 700-pound stainless steel structure is the first of its kind and now proves that form and design liberties found in 3D printing of small objects can be applied on an architectural scale. Bringing this innovative technology to the forefront of conversation, Verde and PAMM are serving as early adopters and are playing a key role in bringing large-scale 3D printing to market.
“It was a challenge to design a piece that was not only lightweight and easily disassembled for relocation, but also fully functional,” notes Claudia Busch, Founding Principal of Berenblum Busch Architects. “That is why we decided to work with MX3D on manufacturing this project. Their unique technology allowed the construction of this site- specific piece that meets all structural requirements while seamlessly fitting into the PAMM environment.”
MX3D Project Team:
Kasper Siderius, Gijs van der Velden, Tim Geurtjens, Boyan Mihaylov, Rasmus Frankel, Casey Hemingway, Filippo Gilardi, Jean-Francois Moulin, Sander van Heerde, Jelger de L’Orme
Special Thanks To:
Adelee Cabrera (STARR Group), Claudia Busch (BBA), Renate Paris (BBA), Gustavo Berenblum (BBA), Bas den Herder & Crew