3D adaptable building skin : an invention for freedom in shape of façades

A.B. Suma

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Abstract

This paper sets out to develop a principle on which a façade element can be deformed in shape. By using a flexible structure with cables, small bars and inflatable tubes, which together form a woven pattern, a 3D freedom of deformability results. The shape of the façade element can be manipulated and deformed in shape at will. By studying the structure of the human skin, a pattern was discovered and translated into a constructive principle. The façade element is capable of single curved and double curved surfaces, both concave as well as convex. Moreover the different elements in the structure are constantly in equilibrium with each other. Through this; great freedom in form is achieved. This principle will create many new possibilities in architectural design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaper presented at Adaptables2006 : International Conference on adaptable building structures, 3-5 July 2006, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
EditorsF.J.M. Scheublin, A.D.C. Pronk, A. Borgard, R. Houtman
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Pages79-84
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventADAPTABLES 2006 : joint CIB, Tensinet, IASS International Conference on Adaptability in Design and Construction, July 3-5, 2006, Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Jul 20065 Jul 2006

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ConferenceADAPTABLES 2006 : joint CIB, Tensinet, IASS International Conference on Adaptability in Design and Construction, July 3-5, 2006, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period3/07/065/07/06

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Suma, A. B. (2006). 3D adaptable building skin : an invention for freedom in shape of façades. In F. J. M. Scheublin, A. D. C. Pronk, A. Borgard, & R. Houtman (Eds.), Paper presented at Adaptables2006 : International Conference on adaptable building structures, 3-5 July 2006, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Vol. 2, pp. 79-84). Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.