Designing gridshells with asymptotic line networks

Type: TUM, Research Lab, Research Group 011
Year: 2016
Team: Denis Hitrec, Eike Schling
Office: Technische Universität München, Chair of Structural Design, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Barthel

Experimental Structures is a research studio held annually at the Chair of Structural Design. We are searching for methods to simplify the construction of double curved surfaces. Through physical and computational experiments we demonstrate new possibilities for an intelligent symbiosis of form, structure and fabrication.

Asymptotic Gridshell is a design proposal of a pavilion for the Structural Membranes Conference 2017 in Munich. The design takes a clipping of a repetitive, cubic Schwarz D minimal surface, to generate an expressive sculptural space. The support structure follows a curve network of asymptotic lines. All elements can be constructed out of straight strips with orthogonal nodes. The ongoing research investigates material use, structural performance and assembly methods for this new type of gridshell.

About eikeschling

Architect - Computational Design Assistant - Chair of Structural Design Technische Universität München

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