Extreme Light-Weight ConstructioN
The motivation for this research study was to develop an extreme light-weight bending-active construction system, oriented towards as thin as possible plywood boards (2-3 mm) using numerical form-finding methods and CNC milling.
Wood material has typically low stiffness. Its high elasticity, mostly a disadvantage in terms of load-bearing is used here to realize a highly efficient material specific structure. The „social structural system behaviour “ developed through the soft interlocking joints, plays a crucial role in its load-bearing capacity.
The form-adaptive joints further facilitate an easy assembly without glue or screws. The characteristic wave-shaped structure creates a high load transmission construction that allows the reduction of material to extremely thin veneer birch plywood.
The integration of design computation, simulation and digital fabrication leads thus to a novel and expressive structure that builds new connections between architectural design and engineering.
1st Prize Global Art and Engineering Award AAVID
Type: Research study
Topic: Lightweight Construction
Support: Technical University Munich, Chair for Architectural Informatics
Exhibition: USA, Italy, China
Size: 55 sqm
Material: Plywood board 2-3 mm
3D generation steps
Bending-active structure system steps
Applying the construction system onto shell geometries results in an outstanding ratio of weight to load-bearing of 1/50. Physical performance tests of only paper models with the wave-shaped construction systems transfer the forces so well, that the model with an own weight of only 120g can bear 6000g.