Completion Date: August 2017


PAMM Cucuyo, Miami, FL, United States
Berenblum Busch Architects

PAMM Cucuyo designed by Berenblum Busch Architects (BBA) is an outdoor mobile café located at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). It is a site-specific stainless steel structure that pushes the boundaries of 3D printing on an architectural level.

Its form was inspired by emblematic shapes in nature such as eggs and cocoons that are meant to protect and contain within an elegant and thin shell. Cucuyo is named after poetic summer travelling memories of catching glowing click beetles in back-yards.

In order to have it built, BBA partnered with a 3D printing manufacturer MX3D in Amsterdam that was willing to develop a unique 3D printing process with stainless steel.

MX3D’s industrial robot equipped with an advanced welding machine and controlled by newly developed software manufactured the open shell exterior using intricate, thin crossbeams that encase the interior of the café and provide an aura of protection all while allowing breezes from Biscayne Bay to pass through the openings. More than one and a half miles of stainless steel strands were used to build Cucuyo.

Designed with mobility and disassembly in mind, the mobile café will be stored for events and during hurricanes. It can be divided into three major components: the front counter, back counter and the door. The final assembled piece stands at 20 feet long, 9 feet high and 12 feet wide and all equipment in terms of electrical and plumbing are self-contained.

Cucuyo is located on the covered terrace of PAMM overlooking Biscayne Bay and the largest and first structure of its kind ever 3D printed.

Architect: Berenblum Busch Architects

Production: MX3D

Client: STARR Catering Group

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