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Digging on Shigeru

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I’m fascinated by Shigeru Ban’s Nine Bridge Club house.  The projection of the a rectangular grid down into these funnel shapes is such a simple idea on a large scale and totally mind bending in the details.

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For my sketch, I made a quarter of one funnel with a revolve, cut it down to a square edge, divided the surface, then turned off the U and V grids, and used intersects projected from Level 1. 

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The panel is just a half step pattern with this geometry.

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Plenty of flaws in the lattice (intersect based gridlines can get a little funky at the edges, particularly in tangency conditions) but it’s getting there.

8 comments:

  1. I believe this is not the first time Shigeru has done this...http://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/ similar technique was used in this design. Amazing work!

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  2. love it.
    quite simple to resolve it with what you are saying, but then when you would analyze for structure, i am sure it would not deflect in a symetrical manner at all and then would look all wonky and organic..

    also if you were doing it in paper tubes, it would be more and more non-consistent (unless you go around over-designing everything) as the material itself has a behavioral non-linearity.. and to top it all, it would still be non-consistent in production.. :)

    i wonder how they worked around those problems!!

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  3. Hi Zach

    thanks for this great contribution.
    This link to the "digital constructors" of the structure might be interesting as well:
    http://www.designtoproduction.ch/content/view/74/49/

    In contrast to the expensive complicated and partial double curved elements of shigerus design,
    also have a look to Frei Otto's Mannheim Pavillon which is build form thousands 5cm x 5cm simple slats.
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multihalle
    http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_architektur/twp/studium/downloads/analysen/ws05_06/Mannheim_Multihalle_Reuschel_Roy.pdf

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  4. I am trying to model this myself, but I am having trouble modeling the quarter funnel. Do you have any tips?

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  5. I also I have problems with the modeling of the funnel, you might be a little more detailed.
    thanks :)

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  6. That´s really helping me but I still can´t find any detailed drawings of it or good description on how to do them from scratch in 3D (Rhino)

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  7. Zach: this is killing me: I can do the funnel easily enough, but how do you cut it down AND get it to subdivide the resultant surface?

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  8. Raffi,
    you might need to into the surface of the resulting cut form to divide it.

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