map 13 employs vaulted structure for bricktopia festival eme3
 
map 13 employs vaulted structure for bricktopia festival eme3 map 13 employs vaulted structure for bricktopia festival eme3
nov 20, 2013

map 13 employs vaulted structure for bricktopia festival eme3

map 13 employs vaulted structure for bricktopia festival eme3
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba
all images courtesy of eme3

 

 

 

serving as a container for different activities during the international architecture festival eme3 in barcelona, the build it team, ‘map 13’ created ‘bricktopia’. the vaulted structure is made from brick and employs a traditional construction technique called tile vault – or ‘catalan vault’. designed using new digital tools, the geometry of the form was optimized through ‘rhinovault’, a plug-in for rhinoceros. a series of research was conducted to explore material traditions and construction knowledge of tile vaulting combined with advanced computational tools. the pavilion was developed in an enclosed area of a nineteenth-century factory, also made of brick, it shapes a new topography in the old courtyard. providing an open space for outdoor activities during the hot summer of barcelona, the structure contains areas for a bar, small stage and places to relax. the concave space was built in a short time frame and with a limited budget – it is an economical and sustainable form that offers both formal and functional versatility.

 

 


the vaulted structure combines traditional vaulted construction with new digital tools to make the complex form
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 


the enclosure serves as a container for different activities
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 


‘bricktopia’ contains areas for a bar, small stage and places to relax
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 


interior view of the sculptural structure
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 


‘bricktopia’ shapes a new topography in the old courtyard, in an enclosed area of a nineteenth-century factory

 

 


the pavilion was initiated as part of the international architecture festival eme3 in barcelona
image © eme3

 

 


a small stage for performances was created within the versatile pavilion
image © eme3

 

 


‘bricktopia’ construction
image © eme3

 

 


the use of new digital techniques enabled a complex, vaulted form
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 


detail of the structure
image © manuel de lozar paula lopez barba

 

 

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  • I would have liked to have seen more of the construction
    or maybe a separate section /presentation just devoted to the construction.
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • Thanks for posting! I think a key design acknowledgement is missing…
    From Map 13 website (http://cargocollective.com/madavama/Bricktopia):

    “Project designed with rhinoVAULT a plug-IN from Rhinoceros emerged from the research of the Block Research Group at the ETH Zurich by Matthias Rippmann, Lorenz Lachauer and Prof. Dr. Philippe Block on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures.”

    John Curry says:
  • Beautiful, seeing a timelapse of construction would be awesome.

    MR says:

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