Anagrid v.2

This time around we change up the fixing brace to generate different flexing conditions for the grid. First, we apply a single curve to one side of the grid. Such a slight change in composition influences each wood member enough to limit the form for the entire grid. However, the overall structural integrity becomes much more efficient with this type of curved boundary. This type of structural stability could be comparable to the reinforcement obtained with the bending of a single sheet of paper.

Next we apply a fixed curve forming two full wavelengths. Quickly we observe the severe strain placed on the grid plain as many intersections attempt to pull apart. This becomes a direct limitation of building materials as well as member connections. The fibrous wood strands do not allow for elastic malformation and strict form generation therefore such grid plains are best utilized in less ‘demanding’ forms. For many case studies we have observed, such as the Metz Centre Pompidou by Shigeru Ban, digitally fabricated members are applied in grids where tangents change quickly.


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