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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Conceptual Design

Architectural Form and Structural Concepts Combined in Practice; an Approach to Spatial Structural Design in the case of Timber Gridshells

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Conceptual Design
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Architectural Form and Structural Concepts Combined in Practice; an Approach to Spatial Structural Design in the case of Timber Gridshells
  • Author(s): Bendik Manum, Anders Ronnquist, Nathalie Labonnote
  • Keywords: conceptual structural design, parametric modelling, timber bridges, gridshell network arch bridge
Abstract
Based on teaching architecture and structural engineering and working with students on projects also built in real, this paper discusses the two professions・approaches to design, presents the design development in the case of timber gridshells and comments on the potential of combining architects・and engineers・profession specific design competences more in general. In the case of conceptual structural design presented, master students examined kinematic gridshells, resulting in an innovative modular timber gridshell parametrically designed and constructed as a 10x10x4m pavilion. Then, a master student of engineering examined the structural potential of the concept in the case of a bridge. Aiming at synergies across the professions, the studies combined parametric tools developed by architects with engineers・more specific structural analyses. As the two professions work together, the design process resulted in a shell-bridge proposal fusing the architectural elegance of the pavilion with the structural integrity required in a bridge.

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