PANOVA architects revitalise buildings using 3D printing
3D printing in architecture and the construction industry is used more often and in more areas. Printers are used to create entire residential developments, skyscrapers as well as missing fragments of historic buildings. However, before the real era of printed houses arrives, 3D technology can also help to restore the original shape of buildings, lost as a result of many alterations and changes in their use. Every day, it is used by architects from PANOVA studio who print their models with the use of 3DGence printers.
Revitalisation is a very difficult and time-consuming process, but in the long-term it certainly pays off. Buildings, whose former appearance is restored, revive every part of the urban fabric. They are therefore not only a real bargain for developers and investors, but also for residents.
3D printing technology in the process of building revitalization
When working on this type of projects PANOVA studio architects use 3D printing. Based on historical materials (maps and photos), they use the printing to create spatial architectural models of buildings to reduce costs and time of the schematic design stage characterized by significant dynamics of changes.
Architectural models built with the use of incremental technology work great during a preliminary stage of negotiations with investors. They make it possible for us to quickly respond to the changes introduced by investors and give us a simple option to create subsequent iterations of the project in various site development options
Bogusław Zbyszewski, PANOVA.
Advantages of using 3D printing in the revitalization process
Traditional methods ― visualizations and models ― do not accurately reflect the spatial character of a building. 3D printed solids retain its original style and proportions very precisely.
Manual building of architectural models is very time-consuming and requires tedious work of model makers outlining elements, cutting them precisely, gluing and painting. Thanks to the use of 3D printing, we prepare models of buildings faster by 77%. We do not need the support of third-party companies because we do everything ourselves.
Jan Lessaer, Vice Director PANOVA
The 3D printing technology also gives us the option of detailed determination of the size of a building and makes it easier to detect any design errors. What is important, it also enables us to physically check the conceptual assumptions for the building and its site development. It allows us, with an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm, to perform very precise and geometrically complicated elements and frills, such as door ornaments or balustrades.
Suitable and good quality 3D printers enable printing of even the most complex elements, fine ornaments and openwork structures. Our 3D printers are used more and more by property developers, investors, architects, designers, as well as museums and advertising agencies. They know how important in the sales process is a suitable, or realistically looking visual representation. It does not matter if it concerns a residential estate, a revitalised building or elements of an exhibition.
Mateusz Sidorowicz, 3DGence
3D printing in architecture – PANOVA studio
Architects of the PANOVA studio have already completed many revitalisation projects that were supported by 3D printing technology. In 2018, together with designers of the Euroartis Design and Research Studio, they were awarded the prize of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship in the Best Public Space of the Silesian Voivodeship 2018 competition. The award was granted for the revitalisation project of the historic buildings of the Main Bath and the Woodworking Shop and the adjacent area of the former Katowice coal mine and the construction of the necessary infrastructure for the needs of the Silesian Museum in Katowice.