The design , fabrication and assembly of an asymptotic timber gridshell
Paper in proceedings, 2019

This paper describes and discuss the design, fabrication and assembly of an asymptotic gridshell
built of plywood laths. The overall question concerns how geometry, structural action, and
ecient production can interplay and inform spatial design. The environment is a two-day
workshop where architects, engineers and researchers with specialization in structural and digital
design cooperate with undergraduate students in a compulsory parametric design and digital
fabrication course. The gridshell shape is based on an Enneper surface of threefold rotational
symmetry with a boundary baseplate inscribed within a circle of 4.5 m in radius. Utilizing the
concept of asymptotic curves, which are surface curves whose osculating plane coincides with
the tangent plane of the surface, the structure was built using planar straight laths of plywood
made using manually operated drills and saws.

timber

Gridshell

education

active bending

parametric design

structures

Differential geometry

Author

Emil Adiels

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Cecilie Brandt-Olsen

BIG Engn

Johanna Isaksson

BuroHappold Engineering

Isak Näslund

BIG Engn

Karl-Gunnar Olsson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Emil Poulsen

CORE Studio Thornton Tomasetti

Christopher John Kenneth Williams

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods, Research - Architectural Theory and Method

Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 - Structural Membranes 2019, Form and Force

736-743

Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2019 - Form and Force
Barcelona, Spain,

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Architecture

Geometry

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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