livMatS Pavilion

Located in the Botanical Garden Freiburg, the livMatS Pavilion offers a viable, resource-efficient alternative to conventional construction methods and therefore represents an important step towards sustainability in architecture. It constitutes the first building ever with a load-bearing structure that is entirely made of robotically wound flax fibre, a material that is fully naturally renewable, biodegradable, and regionally available in Central Europe. The bioinspired pavilion showcases how novel co-design processes that account concurrently for geometrical, material, structural, productional, environmental, and aesthetic requirements, together with advanced robotic fabrication techniques applied to natural materials, are capable to generate a unique architecture that is at the same time ecological and expressive. The distinctive, intricate surface appearance of the structural flax elements is evocative of both vernacular examples of latticework and biological systems.


ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

Cluster of Excellence livMatS, University of Freiburg and IntCDC, University of Stuttgart

Year of completion

Freiburg, Germany

Total area
46 m2

Project Partners

FibR GmbH, Stuttgart

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