Design of Freeform Membrane-Tensegrity Structure

Ye Feng
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department of Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture

Inspired by a lightweight, and tectonically decent pavilion, MOOM pavilion in Japan, this thesis study explores a digital approach to transform an existing physical structure into a digital computational model by following the principle behind in order to explore and generalize the principle behind and develop a generic digital tool for designing freeform membrane-tensegrity structures in architecture.

Through generalize the regulations behind the existing structure and the generic digital tool development, the way of designing the same type of structure could be more efficient, logical and free.

In this thesis by Ye Feng, a generic digital tool for constructing membrane- tensegrity structure will be developed by referring to the analysis of MOOM pavilion and the generic freeform tensegrity algorithm proposed by Tomohiro Tachi and his team in The University of Tokyo.

Through analysis and tool development process, the digital modeling and simulation programs are required. Here the used programs are Rhinoceros 6; Rhinoceros plug-in Grasshopper and Kangaroo Physics; Kangaroo 2; Weaverbird etc. in grasshopper.

Furthermore, two conceptual designs of freeform membrane-tensegrity structures would be proposed as two possible approaches to apply the developed digital tool in architectural and structural design. Since then, this thesis study will be an inspiring starting point for the further researches and designs of membrane-tensegrity structures.

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