Soundshell designed and built by students wins award

A striking soundshell made from more than 12,000 geometrically unique components has taken out the Corian Design Award for 2015.

The Caulfield Soundshell was designed by Tim Schork of Monash University and Markus Schein of Kassel University in collaboration with the structural engineer John Bahoric and Bollinger + Grohmann Engineers and students, who also worked on the fabrication of its components and its construction.

The soundshell features a facade made from 312 individual Corian panels in complex, non-repetitive geometries. To create the panels, the design team developed a novel mould making process using heat resistant high-density foam, a bespoke cutting strategy using a 6-axis industrial robot and a new L-bracket connection that connects the Corian panels to primary and secondary structural timber components.

A multi-purpose, year-round performance space for Monash University’s Caulfield campus, the soundshell is a key architectural feature of the new Campus Green designed by landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

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