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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Design for the 21st Century

Computer-controlled fabrication of a freeform stone vault

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Design for the 21st Century
  • Pages: 9
  • Title: Computer-controlled fabrication of a freeform stone vault
  • Author(s): Cristian Calvo Barentin, Matthias Rippmann, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block
  • Keywords: digital fabrication, CNC, CAM, freeform vault, stereotomy, 5-axis stone cutting
Abstract
This paper reports on the computer-controlled fabrication process of the individual stone blocks of the Armadillo Vault, an expressive funicular masonry vault constructed and exhibited at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It focuses on the strategies followed to translate the digital model of the compression-only vault into a series of unique stone pieces, by addressing geometric, fabrication and time constraints.

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