MX3D Bridge wins Public Award at Dutch Design Awards 2018

EINDHOVEN – The project MX3D Bridge by Joris Laarman Lab x MX3D has won this year’s Public Award at the Dutch Design Awards. With a narrow majority of the votes, the visitors of Dutch Design Week chose this project which signifies a breakthrough in the building sector.

Public Award
This year visitors were only able to vote in the exhibition itself at Dutch Design Week. Dutch Design Awards hopes that this voting system will stimulate people to come and see the projects for themselves, while at the same time ensuring that the prize is not automatically awarded to the project with the best online promotion. The exhibition was very well attended.

The project was winner of a Dutch Design Award in the category Design Research. The primary aim of many of today’s designers is to research and develop innovative and alternative work and production methods. Joris Laarman Lab and MX3D more than succeeded, as the Dutch Design Awards jury noted in June: “After years of (im)patient waiting, the MX3D Bridge not only dispels the tense anticipation surrounding digital manufacturing but does so with a utopian construction in the picturesque centre of Amsterdam! The leap in research into 3D printing opens the door, once and for all, to other (large and / or public) applications in architecture and the metal industry. The jury is curious to see how this will be emulated, and where it will lead. Laarman has set the bar high, with an extraordinary choice of material:  steel, a typically (conservative) construction material, known for its extremely static properties. The form and material freedom achieved by the design hint at almost unimaginable scenarios.”

The world’s first steel bridge, 3D printed by robots, will soon span a canal in the centre of Amsterdam. This fascinating, ground-breaking project is an initiative of the Dutch start-up MX3D. The unique design is the brainchild of designer Joris Laarman. The development came about with partners including Arup, Autodesk, Heijmans, ArcelorMittal and Imperial College London. The bridge will be placed over the canal of the Oudezijds Achterburgwal (Wallen). The project marks a breakthrough for the innovative possibilities of (large-scale) 3D printing: the introduction of this technique to a public use object increases the social awareness and integration of this technology. The project symbolises the speed with which this new technology and possible applications are developing.

(photo by Adriaan de Groot & Tim Geurtjens)