Timber Anticlastic System

WHO IS THIS RESEARCH RELEVANT TO AND WHY

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ABSTRACT / DESCRIPTION

Anticlastic structures are typically constructed creating cable nets or by using elastic materials, such as membranes. In this study, methods for the design and construction are explored through a paraboloid anticlastic surface made out of timber. The discussed methods and techniques were developed during the design and construction of the Sawmill Shelter (Design and Make Project 2016). The focus was on the "timber net in tension" which was applied in doubly curved configurations. The mathematical-geometrical analysis and processes followed during the digital design, which led to the construction of the anticlastic paraboloid surface for this project, are included. Additionally, the adjustments needed to fit the geometrical rules considering the behavior of the material and the process of translating digital geometry in real structure are also discussed. As a general conclusion, this study will show that properties of timber (physical, mechanical etc.), when the proper techniques are applied, permit the formation of curved building structures of a large range, including anticlastic configurations. The construction of the Sawmill Shelter can lead to significant clues for further research and potential applications of timber in doubly curved structures.

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Research Details


Author(s):

Spyridonos

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Research Organisation(s):

AA School of Architecture - Design + Make


Date Published:

27/01/2017