Gaudi’s Puffy Jacket: A Method for the Implementation of Fabric Slump Casting in the Construction of Thin-Wall Funicular Vault Structures

Max Maxwell, Dave Pigram

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Abstract

This paper describes a method for the production of thin-wall funicular (compression-only) structures from unique double-curved concrete components via a novel slump casting technique. The technique deploys fabric formwork within simple two-dimensionally cut frames to enable the efficient production of the unique parts necessary to tessellate form-found funicular geometries. Through the realisation of a high-tech / low-tech ecology of production, the paper seeks the reestablishment of generative pathways between each domain in the design-to-production cycle: architecture, engineering and fabrication. The method and resulting case study pavilions are situated within the historical trajectory of architectural form finding, specifically, the realisation of masonry vault structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Architectural Geometry 2014
EditorsPhilippe Block, Jan Knippers, Niloy J. Mitra, Wenping Wang
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages61-77
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319114187
ISBN (Print)9783319114170
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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