Largest 3D printed structure ever commissioned debuts in Miami

“Flotsam & Jetsam” (Credit: SHoP Architects)

First there were 3D  printed fashions, then body parts and now an actual building. The art of computer-generated and printed structures has come a long way — all the way to Miami, in fact. This year’s Design Miami was host to one of the largest 3D printed structures ever commissioned. The structure, dubbed  “Flotsam  & Jetsam,” was designed by New York-based SHoP Architectures specifically for the show.

"Flotsam & Jetsam" (Credit: SHoP Architects)
“Flotsam & Jetsam” (Credit: SHoP Architects)

According to Town & Country,  the carbon-fiber structures took six months to create and 1800 hours to print. The masterpiece won the event’s Panerai Design Miami Visionary Award given to those those who have displayed innovation and lasting impact on design.

Panerai’s CEO Angelo Bonati marvels, “We are able to produce only 70 or 80 of our 3D-printed titanium watches a year, and they are not for everyone since they cost $150,000. What SHoP has done is just amazing. Their vision of design is the future.”

The marine-themed structure features two large curved pieces that resemble jellyfish, houses a bar, and is surrounded by a man-made urban beach as well as golden swans. The perfect backdrop for artsy selfies! And if you missed the show, no worries; SHoP’s 45-panel structure will take up a two-year residence in Miami’s Design District.