6,500 Silkworms Build Giant Floating Silky Dome



The Silk Pavilion by MIT media lab ‘explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales’. To create this, The Mediated Matter research group first build a primary structure consisting of 26 polygonal panels, using a CNC machine. Then the 6,500 silkworms are placed at the bottom and spin non-woven silk patches to reinforce the gaps across the structure. The geometry of the base structure was created using an algorithm, which was influenced by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3-dimensional cocoon. (Via)