FLEXMAP PAVILLON 2
Installed at University Of Technology Sydney
A BENDING-ACTIVE WOODEN STRUCTURE
Bending-active structures represent one of the most exciting and cheapest solutions to fabricate doubly-curved architectural surfaces. In bending-active structures, the elements are directed to a global self-equilibrating status by the elastic deformations caused by joint bending and stretching. The curvature and the internal stresses produced in the equilibrium configuration will drive the entire design process.
The developed method was tested in a demonstrator project that was digitally designed and realized at the School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), of the University of Technology Sydney.
FlexMaps can theoretically manage every possible target smooth surface. The distance of the input mesh from the actual mesostructured structure is a quantity that is minimized during the optimization. Consequently, there are no restrictions on the target shape, on its Gaussian curvature, not even on its supports and loading. Panels can stretch and bend in any direction to assume double curvature.
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The physical behaviour of the structure has been simulated and validated using Finite Element Analysis.