Have you ever used a paint-by-numbers kit or coloring book? That was rhetorical - I'm sure everyone has at some point.
Well, the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Computational Design built the peanut-shaped Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall with a program that does the same thing for architects.
The team built a 3-D model of a building and then loaded their mockup into a computer program that broke the structure down into optimized chunks. If you were to get a look at the inside of the building, you'd see that the structure ends up looking like a jigsaw puzzle.
Why haven't you seen a building like this before? Well, without modern technology, a building like this would be an almost impossible task.
Taking into account the structural physics and getting the pieces precise enough by hand would take years. However, with modern technology, a computer did the heavy calculations and each of the building's 7,600 pieces was cut by robots.
With this kind of advancement in computer-aided design, architects will be able to build new, innovative buildings much cheaper than in the past. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Want to try your own hand at computer modeling? This computer graphics program is powerful enough for pros, but it's completely free.