Materials - Crafts - Digital design

Materials - Crafts - Digital design

Digital developments make it possible to recapture older ways of working where architects/designers and craftsmen worked closely together to solve problems and share knowledge and ideas. In addition, a digital model and customized production enables unique building components to be produced at the same price as standard products.

The Lab project started as an experiment to explore ways of working outside the usual project cycle in construction projects with the aim of pushing the boundaries of what is considered possible and producing a prototype. To do so, we started with the material metal which allowed us to experiment with the relationship between material properties, craftsmanship and digital models. The project was initially carried out with two aims: firstly, to work with experts to increase our knowledge of the material's potential and limitations in order to explore new aesthetic expressions and uses; secondly, to work directly with craftsmen to find a process where we develop our design iteratively and strengthen our contact and influence with producers/craftsmen.

The project was carried out within the framework of FOJABlab with expertise from FOJABcode and in collaboration with Plåtexpressen in Malmö, read more here: Bending along curved lines

The development work later resulted in a pavilion and speaker's podium for Plåt16, in Gothenburg in 2016 and a facade for the Dockan car park in Västerås, Sweden..

Cooperation partners
Plåtexpressen AB

Project team

Edvin Bylander

Elise Lindahl
Architect SAR/MSA, Sustainability Strategist

Petra Jenning
Architect SAR/MSA, Development Manager

Behrooz Taleb
Architect SAR/MSA