"Boxel" is a sculpture created by architecture students at the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany. It's built out of more than 2,000 empty beer boxes:
the temporary construction was designed using parametric software to control the position of the boxes in relation to the overall geometry and to analyze the structural performance. in order to define the construction concept and the detailing of the connection several static load tests were made to understand the structural behaviour of the unusual building material, especially since the empty beer boxes were not stacked onto but freely organized next to each other. in parallel to a series of shearing and bending tests in the university’s laboratory of material research the structural concept was simulated and optimized using fem-software.
Link via DudeCraft | Photo: Dirk Schelpmeier and Marcus Brehm