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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Metal Spatial Structures

From complex shape to simple construction: fast track design of "the future of us" gridshell in Singapore

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Metal Spatial Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: From complex shape to simple construction: fast track design of "the future of us" gridshell in Singapore
  • Author(s): Catherine Poirriez, Thomas Wortmann, Roly Hudson, Yacine Bouzida
  • Keywords: construction, steel structure, metal spatial structure, gridshell
Abstract
The 'future of us' exhibition celebrated Singapore's Golden Jubilee. The visitors of the exhibition experienced a stunning play of light and shade cast by a metal lattice, composed of a main steel structure that supports 11000 perforated aluminium panels, spanning approx. 50m and rising to 16m. From start of design to completion of installation was only 5 months. This document describes how the boundaries of simplicity have been pushed during all the steps of the project, by using basics construction concepts and compromises in order to meet the challenge of building a free form complex structure on time. The choice of structural system, the rationalization of the geometry, the material used, the choice in type of connections as well as solutions for the interfaces between the structural framing and the facade participated in building a simple complex structure.

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