Sunday, March 1, 2009

Possible future applications: Structural Skin

I expect that double curved surfaces are feasible to be built based on radiolarian surface structures.

1 comment:

  1. I would limit (at least for now) what you call “architectural input” to one problem.
    If I right understood, tour architectural input is the main issues you will work on while designing your case study/test pavilion. To simplify then:

    - If you are interested in investigate how radiolarians like structures can be combined with vertical supports, I would advice to start working with punctual (column like) or with linear (wall like) supports. It can be for example a roof supported by vertical elements or a large pavilion whose span is divided in smaller spans by vertical elements.

    - If you are interested in exploring double curved surfaces made out of rules extracted from radiolarians, then I would advice to focus only on this aspect (not also on vertical supports’ integration). The pavilion can be a small double curved surface (shaped to also touch the ground or other buildings) without the need of extra vertical supports.

    It seems to me this second option might better fit the interests/directions you discussed before. But if you want to follow the first one, I do not see problems.


    PS: In all cases, as discussed by e-mail, it seems you are interested in radiolarians as ‘light structures’. Make it explicit by mentioning the concept of lightness in the assumption you state before formulate your hypothesis might help in making clear the architectural concept you are working for. If you want, you can also include it in your hypothesis: in this case then you have to set a way/criteria to test if this lightness is achieved/achievable in land-constructions (for now your pavilion) while using radiolarians models