Tova Impresión 3D

SOCOTEC is a Project Partner of the TOVA project, one of the three winners of the Project of the Year for ArchDaily

Thu 06/04/2023 - 10:27

With more than 50,000 votes in recent weeks, this project  in which SOCOTEC collaborates with IAAC students, has been selected among almost 1,000 works of architecture built in Latin America and Spain.

Guillem Baraut, CEO of SOCOTEC Spain, together with Lara Pellegrini, Director of Cities and Management of SOCOTEC and Alicia Huguet, Team Leader of  Cities and Building projects at SOCOTEC are part of the teaching team  of the Postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture of  the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).  This training program is aimed at architects, engineers, designers, materials engineers and mechanical engineers and aims to specialize these profiles to address a new reality in construction, architecture and the fields that relate to it, in which new technologies will greatly affect the way we think and build.

One of the projects carried out by the postgraduate students is TOVA, the first prototype in Spain printed in 3D on a real scale with earth. This project is the result of research carried out by a group of students and professionals of the Postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture, who are looking for new ways to face the social and environmental challenges  of the future. The construction, made at Valldaura Labs, represents the connection between the earthen vernacular architecture of the past and the future of large-scale 3D printing technology. You can find complete information about the project and its credits.

TOVA, the project in which SOCOTEC collaborates, has won second place in the fifteenth edition  of the ArchDaily Project of the Year Award, the only award in the world of architecture in Spanish, in which the winners are chosen by popular vote. ArchDaily readers selected the works that most inspired them during 2022, representing the identity of local contexts and marking the way of doing architecture around the world.

At SOCOTEC Spain, we lead circularity in  integrated design and that is why we support training institutions that lead innovation and sustainability in their projects, and that, like us, reinforce circularity applied to engineering and architecture projects.