Fabrication Aware Form-finding: A combined quasi-reciprocal timber and discontinuous post-tensioned concrete structure

Publisher:
ACADIA Riverside Architectural Press
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
ACADIA 2014 Design Agency : Proceedings of the 34th annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, 2014, pp. 375 - 384
Issue Date:
2014-01
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This paper describes a a design and construction method that combines two distinct material systems with fabrication aware form-finding and file-to-factoy workflows. The method enables the fluent creation of complex materially efficient structures comprising high populations of geometrically unique parts. The first material system employs a novel rotated joint design to allow the structural tuning of quasi-reciprocal timber frame elements fabricated from multi-axis machined plywood sheet stock. The second employs discontinuous post-tensioning to assemble unique precast concrete components into load-bearing structures, significantly educing or eliminating false work during assembly. The method is tested with the contraction of a research pavilion.
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