The world’s first full-scale architectural object created with a 3D printer has been completed. 

Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, a pair of architect-programmers, have been working on the project for months, having previously produced only a scale-sized prototype.

The project, called Digital Grotesque, was created with a new method of 3D printing that utilizes sandstone as its main source material, rather than plastic. This method is much sturdier than the small-scale 3D printing that is used only for prototypes and scale models.

The Digital Grotesque project used a complex series of computer algorithms to produce this high-resolution, fully immersive model. The result is a grotto at the intersection of high-baroque design and modern technologies, something disarming and slightly terrifying. Check out video of the manufacturing below:

This is what the design team has to say:

As a fictive narrative space, the Digital Grotesque project is less concerned with functionality than with the expressive formal potentials of digital technologies. It examines new spatial experiences and sensations that these technologies enable. As such, Digital Grotesque is a lavish, exhilarating space, full of details at the threshold of perception, waiting to be discovered and spurring one's imagination of what is yet to be created. 

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[via Designboom]