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The designex AIA Bar explores ideas about geometry and continuous surfaces with a new outdoor façade material.
The structure is based on two triangular based geometries, alternating in position as they array vertically. This results in a constant morphing between these 2 shapes. The limited stretch‐ability of the material requires the shape to be subdivided into “ruled surfaces”, meaning the elements are all flat, when cut out of the sheet, but double curved when mounted.
The project is part of a continuous exploration of small‐scale structures in order to gain knowledge for larger scale buildings. The “snowflake” geometry applied in this pavilion was used in the design of the MSWCT snowflake tower in Abu Dhabi in 2008. The aim is to optimize the ratio of surface to volume with a minimum amount of material.
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