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Assessing the Complexity of Timber Gridshells in Architecture through Shape, Structure, and Material Classification

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1876
Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Design and Systems
Application
Shell Structures
Author
Charest, Philippe
Potvin, André
Demers, Claude
Ménard, Sylvain
Publisher
North Carolina State University
Year of Publication
2019
Format
Journal Article
Application
Shell Structures
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Timber gridshells
Free-Form
Architectural Complexity
Non-Standard Grids
Natural Composite Materials
Research Status
Complete
Series
BioResources
Summary
New possibilities offered by recent modelling software allow the design of organic shapes that are appealing to architects and engineers but may encompass serious issues such as an overconsumption of materials. In this context, there is a renewed interest in systems allowing the materialization of curved surfaces such as timber gridshells, which can be defined as shells with their structures concentrated in strips. However, gridshell design becomes highly challenging if complex grid configurations and new material possibilities are combinedly explored with form generations. These upheavals highlight the need for a classification system to seize the potential and the limitations of timber gridshells to address complex geometries. The classification of 60 timber gridshells enables a critical examination in the course of the ceaseless quest for complexity in architecture by evaluating current building possibilities and predict future building opportunities in terms of form, structure, and materiality.
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Design Process of a Free-Form Structure Using CLT Panels - Analysis of an Architectural Large Scale Structure

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1640
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Tolszczuk-Leclerc, Zoé
Bernier-Lavigne, Samuel
Salenikovich, Alexander
Potvin, André
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Fabrication
CNC
Free-Form
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 3179-3186
Summary
This research is about the design process, development and fabrication of a free-form structure in crosslaminated timber (CLT) panels. Since sustainability, ecology and structural design are now relevant in any building project, the purpose of this research is to demonstrate that CLT panels can be used as an ecoresponsive strategy based on a building form. This paper presents the use of a tessellation construction system for designing and producing a freeform surface in CLT for a specific regional and industrial context. The research/creation process and the retroactive simulation generated by the parametric modelling software enabled the development of a singular architectural project where the structural aspect and the manufacturing are the inherent part of the integrated design process. Finally, the cutting files can be generated automatically for an easy transfer to CNC machine tools.
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A Multi-Scalar Approach for the Modelling and Fabrication of Free-Form Glue-Laminated Timber Structures

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1389
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Author
Svilans, Tom
Poinet, Paul
Tamke, Martin
Ramsgaard Thomsen, Mette
Publisher
Springer, Singapore
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Multi-Scale Modelling
Production
Free-Form
Architecture
Conference
Design Modelling Symposium
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This research project presents both innovative multi-scalar modelling methods and production processes aimed at facilitating the design and fabrication of free-form glue-laminated timber structures. The paper reports on a research effort that aims to elucidate and formalize the connection between material performance, multi-scalar modelling (Weinan 2011), and early-stage architectural design, in the context of free-form glue-laminated timber structures. This paper will examine how the concept of multi-scalar modelling as found in other disciplines can also be used to embed low-level material performance of glue-laminated timber into early-stage architectural design processes, thus creating opportunities for feedback across the design chain and an increased flexibility in effecting changes. The research uses physical prototypes as a means to explore and evaluate the methods presented.
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