The first ever café to be constructed using
3d printing technology was unveiled at Perez Art Museum in the city of Miami.
Named Cucuyo, it is a cocoon-shaped
structure that elegantly mixes art and technology, it is placed on the terrain
of PAAM overlooking the Biscayne Bay, giving visitors a unique opportunity to
experience the beauty of the Bay. The project design was influenced by the dreams
of catching fireflies at night (Cucuyo in Spanish means firefly). The café will
be serving sandwiches and drinks, having a catered menu by Chef Katarin Dangalan.
The first 3d printed café has some unique
The structure has an innovative,
futuristic cocoon or double egg-shaped structure.
The structure weighs about 700
pounds, made of stainless steel.
It includes a front counter,
back counter, and an access door.
The final structure is 20 feet
length, 9 feet high and 12 feet width.
The structure has thin, intricate crossbeams as exterior encasing
the interior. It also provides a level of protection to the structure.
The café is allowed to be
cooled naturally, using the breezes from the Biscayne Bay.
It has all the modern advanced
counter design, electrical configuration, and
The café was built by four
industrial robots fitted with a welding machine to print miles of line.
The Cucuyo was designed by Miami-based
Berenblum Busch Architects and manufactured by Amsterdam-based MX3Ddesigners who
have done a fabulous job at this innovation.
? The biggest hurdle was to design the egg-shaped structure having double sets of curvatures
where all the functional parts had to fit together within small tolerances.
? One of the biggest hurdles was to design
a working prototype with a smooth production
machine with 1.5 miles of line.
? The Cucuyo is placed outdoors, so the
materials used must be weather resistant and tolerant to salinity and humidity.
? The design should be well planned where
the employees could easily serve food, with all the equipment fitted in a tight place.
? Also, the exterior terrain where Cucuyo was
placed could only take a determined level of weight, so unlike it had to be
? The Shell was designed with a thin outer
skin which can be removed easily if needed for relocation while also
maintaining the structural stability and strength.
Cucuyo was designed as a meeting place between
the art and food. The design was finalized
keeping in mind the architectural mission
of the adjacent museum. It’s like the “park
in the museum”.