The Tectonic Reef, an installation built on the beach during the St Kilda Festival 2011 was the result of the first initiative of the Ex-Lab, the Digital Design + Fabrication Intensive Summer Workshop 17 Jan – 11 Feb, 2011, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. The intensive 4 week workshop introduced students to advanced digital modelling and parametric design software with a focus on producing physical objects through different digital fabrication methods.