Asymptotic Geodesic Timber Vault – Construction

Type: Elastic Timber Gridshell
: Munich, Germany
Year: 2022
Status: Construction
Principal Investigators: Eike Schling,  Zongshuai Wan
Office: The University of Hong Kong | HKU

Technical University of Munich | TUM
Chair of Structural Design Prof. Pierluigi D’Acunto, Julian Trummer, Jonas Schikore
Desiré Agostini, Frederic Chovghi, Gabriele Felici, Josef Eglseder, Sebastian Hoyer

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology | KAUST
Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, Prof. Helmut Pottmann, Dr. Hui Wang

Holzbau Amann
Holzbau-Amann GmbH, Albtalstrasse 1D, 79809 Weilheim-Bannholz

Metallbau Brandl
Erhard Brandl GmbH & Co. KG, Eichstätter Str. 16, 85117 Eitensheim

The construction phase has started. Throughout September 2022, we will prefabricate the timber lamellas from slender lamellas of local fingerjointed ash. This research project combines new methods from applied geometry, computational architecture, and structural design. We design webs of asymptotic and geodesic curves to weave simple planks of wood in their tall and flat orientation into a lightweight timber structure. This offers high structural rigidity, developable panelization, simple flat prefabrication, and a kinetic erection process. A prototypical structure will be realized in fall 2022 at the Design Factory, TUM.

1:10 timber model of the tri-hex grid of tall (asymptotic) and flat (geodesic) lamellas.
1:1 joint prototype, interlacing 10x100mm lamellas in tall and flat orientation.

About eikeschling

Dr.-Ing. | Architect BYAK Assistant Professor in Architectural Structures The University of Hong Kong

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