The Crack a kiosk designed and constructed by students
Foto: Dino Soldin

Material and Detail studio receives international recognition

The Crack, a kiosk designed and constructed in the fall 2014 by students in the Material & Detail masterstudio at Chalmers Architecture, has been featured in two international publications.

The Best Student Work Worldwide

ArchDaily, the worlds largest online architecture magazine, presents The Crack under the headline “The Best Student Work Worldwide”, an article featuring built work that is completed as part of architectural education. The project was selected for publication alongside work from Aalto University, Columbia University, Cornell University, MIT, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Experimental Pavilions / Student Work

Spanish architecture magazine AV Proyectos has published The Crack in their latest issue. A section titled “Experimental Pavilions / Student Work” presents six projects from around the world, each on a full spread. The section is framed as follows:
“Computational design, the use of parametric methods, the systematization of production with highly technological tools, logistic efficiency, and innovation in the selection and use of construction materials and methods are some of the issues that architects are most interested in today. To address these concerns, architecture schools and universities are developing teaching programs and workshops devoted to these matters. Set up in different parts of the world, six pavilions designed and built by students explore the building process from different perspectives, analyzing its development starting from the initial concept to the final materialization of its elements and details.”

The Crack rethinks the cast concrete masonry unit in architecture

The Crack a kiosk designed and constructed by studentsSited in the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens, it was designed digitally with associative modelling and prototyped by means of 3D printing. The design features 70+ concrete blocks that interlock geometrically to form a structural whole. All blocks are unique and were cast in moulds made from EPS foam. The moulds were fabricated off site with the aid of a computer controlled hot-wire foam cutter. Masonry units were cast using self-compacting concrete, eliminating the need to vibrate moulds during curing. The units were numbered, trucked to the site, and assembled, with zero tolerance, in a day with the aid of a crane.
The masonry units were designed so that a larger, non-repeating pattern of seams and reliefs emerges when assembled. The seams in-between the blocks open and close to form narrow cracks. These cracks reveal the interior when the kiosk is lit from the inside at night. Two larger openings, one door and one window, were formed with the aid of interlocked blocks that cantilever. The concrete gained its dark colour from black pigment, which turned the kiosk into a mysteriously shadowy figure in the Botanical Garden.
The studio collaborated with a wide range of industrial partners and consultants that generously supported the work with material as well as expertise. The Crack kiosk was presented to the public in December 2014 in partnership with The Röhsska Museum and Gothenburg’s Botanical Gardens.
Material & Detail studio

Studio directors:


Jonas Lundberg, Daniel Norell, Klas Moberg, Karin Hedlund, Pedram Seddighzadeh, Ellen Ordell.

External jurors:

Oliver Tessmann, Björn Gunnarsson.


Stéphanie Amstutz, Matthew Argent, Antoni B. Berga, Johan Berggren, Pär Bratt, Hussein Chith, Marin Germain, Oscar Gillkvist, Emily Hamilton, Fiona Heieck, Theresa Kjellberg, Neza Kravanja, Unnar Kristmannsson, Jens Lundin, Stepan Matousek, Daniel Morales, Daniel Nordlund, Francois Otten, Vasiliki Panagiotidou, Elisenda Planell, Emil Poulsen, Arvid Söderholm, Aysegul Taskin, Johannes Tsagarakis, Yiwen Zhou.

Industrial production partners:

Strängbetong, Finja, Thomas Concrete Group, Lönns Truckar, NCC.

Foto: Dino Soldin

Publicerad: ti 13 feb 2018.