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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures

Membrane structures, an architectural approach

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Latin-American Symposium on Tension Structures
  • Title: Membrane structures, an architectural approach
  • Author(s): Guillermo CARELLA
  • Keywords: tensile structures, architecture, membrane morphology, conceptual design
Abstract
Tensile structures are becoming more present in today's architecture; architects introduce in their proposals the idea of sustainable lightweight roofs in all kind of buildings. In order to have a better result, the membrane design must be considered from the beginning of the process with the other components of the building, so the membranes are no longer a foreign element, instead, a material that highlights the architecture. I think there are four basic concepts that we have to consider and manage properly in order to help us to develop a good project; to geometrize the idea, the structural configuration, the modulation and the symbiosis between the components of the project. Since I began to develop proposals I wanted to differentiate my designs to the already built; knowledge about structures, teaching and developing scale models allowed me to express in a better way the intention of each design. It´s important for me the idea of communicate the cover into the environment and transcending the meaning of the structure to the concrete bases and other components of the project, always with a careful management of proportion. Through this paper I want to share my personal opinion about membrane architectural design and how it has evolved over time during my experience.

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