Last year we wrote about utopian architecture in which architects use swirling lines, organic features and luscious gardens to emulate nature and to suggest that everyone inside and around these megalomaniac buildings is happy and utterly without worries. Much less megalomaniac but rather more avant-garde is the soon to be 3D-printed bridge by MX3D that will be realised in Amsterdam in September. Two robots start on either side of the water and will slowly work their way towards each other, printing layer of molten metal upon layer of molten metal and thus completing the intricately designed bridge.
The design of the bridge is by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, who was also engaged in the development of the technology of printing metal and who gained fame with several designs for Droog Design and, for example, the 'Halflife Lamp', which emits light by using genetically modified bioluminescent material. Just like the lamp draws inspiration from nature, so does the bridge with its supporting parts resembling the branches of trees. Hence this bridge fits perfectly in the trend in architecture in which architects are constantly referring to nature.