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.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014|
|Editors||Philippe Block, Jan Knippers, Niloy J. Mitra, Wenping Wang|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Maxwell, M., & Pigram, D. (2014). Gaudi’s Puffy Jacket: A Method for the Implementation of Fabric Slump Casting in the Construction of Thin-Wall Funicular Vault Structures. In P. Block, J. Knippers, N. J. Mitra, & W. Wang (Eds.), Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014 (pp. 61-77). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11418-7_5