Traditional thinking in architecture and engineering alike is to understand the built environment as static. Build structures resist changes in the environment through stiffness. ‘Hybrid Tower’ asks, what an architecture could be, that is soft and gives in to forces in a controlled yet way. An architecture that embraces the idea of resilience and adaptation.
‘Hybrid Tower’ is an integrated hybrid structure – made from only two components: Bend GFRP rods and custom-made CNC knit. The unique combination of these two materials creates a very light and yet stiff structure, which balances wind and other external forces through an interdependent combination of compression and tension elements. The structure is extremely light and easy to assemble, but yet strong enough to withstand a 3 month outdoor installation on the world cultural heritage side of the central square of Guimaraes/Portugal: Largo do Toural.
The tower was developed in an interdisciplinary collaboration between architects (CITA, Copenhagen) , structural- and textile-engineers (KET, Berlin, Fibrenamics, Guimaraes), material testing specialists (Duisburger…..) and the knitting company AFF (A. Ferreira & Filhos). Together they developed materials and design and fabrication processes, which allowed using knit as structural element in a previously unprecedented scale. The collaboration opens new avenues for textile as building material.
Generative Cable Networks For Active Bending Structures
Lace Wall explores hybrid structures that combine elements in tension and compression. Here two elements of low stiffness – the fibreglass beam and the cable network – are combined to create one whole of high stiffness. The element is form active shaped by the interdependency between the elements that restrain each other.
CITA Multiscale Modeling Seminar 31.05.2013 – Copenhagen
Advancements in architecture – particularly the emergence of engineered materials and the associated challenge of specifying material locally to meet global performance requirements – are posing new multi-scalar questions for the design and simulation process. Traditionally, architecture’s tools for modeling and representation have considered only single scales: we now need to better understand how simulations can link generative computational models, structural analysis and material specifications to geometric and performative design goals, at the scales of structure, element and material. Continue reading
Sydney Opera House Exhibition (2013)
A CITA research and exhibition project, for Sydney Opera House exhibition “Danish Design at the House”. Continue reading
The Rise (2013)
The concept of “The Rise” is the idea of a growing architecture. Like a bush the installation has its own internal growth patterns that guide the material in a highly distributed aggregation of small members that keep branching off and multiplying. Continue reading