Architectural Scale Kagome Weaving: Design methods and fabrication concepts

Phil Ayres, Soraya Bornaz, Adam Orlinski, Moritz Heimrath, Alison Grace Martin

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In this paper, key challenges regarding the design and fabrication of Kagome weaves at architectural scale are addressed. The motivation for seeking to transfer this basket making strategy to architectural production is that it provides a clear set of principles for achieving a broad range of complex, doubly-curved morphologies (including freeform and high-genus) while only using straight strips of material in fabrication. In contrast to milling, casting and forming approaches for realising complex geometric designs, using straight strips in combination with Kagome principles can offer key advantages without constraining the morphological design space. In this study, two research questions are defined:

1) How can existing representational methods, found in the literature, be extended to support design analysis and fabrication at architectural scale?
2) What are the fabrication strategies for realising large scale woven structures that preserve the principle of material interlacing?

In answering these research questions, the principles governing Kagome weave are described, as are the methods of integrating these principles into digital tools for design exploration and analysis – with clear extensions to the state-of-the-art. A novel and scalable fabrication concept for realising Kagome weaves at architectural scale is also described. This concept utilises strips of geo-synthetic cementitious composite mat and has been tested in the context of a one-week workshop resulting in a full-scale prototype. The merits and drawbacks of this approach are critically assessed, and perspectives on further developments to both the design tools and fabrication methods are provided.
TitelFABRICATE 2020 : Making Resilient Architecture
RedaktørerJane Burry, Jenny Sabin, Bob Sheil, Marilena Skavara
Antal sider8
ForlagUCL Press
Publikationsdatoapr. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)978178758126
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2020
BegivenhedFABRICATE: Design & Making - Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, Storbritannien
Varighed: 2 apr. 20204 apr. 2020


LokationBartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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