Fossilized aims to challenge standardised concrete prefabrication techniques by questioning the nature of the fabricated piece. Although 3D printing a whole structure from start to finish may not be possible due to fabrication constraints, it could be possible to print, for example, a floor-wall-ceiling assembly or a stair-floor-wall assembly as one whole architectural chunk – each chunk equally designed as a unique object capable of existing independently. This is redefining the concept of the catalogue construction element, which has been instilled on the architecture industry by mass-production. These chunks could be assembled on-site, as is done with traditional prefabrication techniques, however their tectonic qualities would be completely different.
Through a combination of heterogeneous chunks that are fabricated by varying the properties of the material through a linear tool path at every layer printed, it becomes possible to reduce material, save time and also achieve a design that is evokes continuity, structural directionality, design hierarchy, density variation and multi-materiality and continuity in a single form.