parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space in india

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space in india

a ‘permanently impermanent’ structure by andblack studio

 

Darwin Bucky takes shape as conical parametric metal tent, serving as a multi-functional events space in Ahmedabad, India. Redefining the practice of architecture, andblack studio proposes a ‘permanently impermanent’ architecture composed of prefabricated wood, steel and aluminum components that can be easily assembled and disassembled, and transported to the next site. The architects use an adaptive architectural system conceived and realized through detailed computational design techniques, demonstrating a harmonious balance between materiality and technological advancements. The system formulates the dynamic triangulated steel panel facade and enables customization for the dome’s diameter, height and form, creating an optimal space to host a variety of events within the black box theatre space. 

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
visualization of the project | all images by Vinay Panjwani

 

 

folded metal sheets compose a large conical tent 

 

With an aesthetic guided by its structural performance, Darwin Bucky’s large dome shape encapsulates a space with only half the material required by conventional structures, and with comparable durability and cost. The design team at andblack studio creates a spacious column-free volume spanning 520 cubed meters, achieved through a unique shell structure assembled using 1mm thick folded metal sheets. The tectonics allow for an open floor plan of 116 square meters and a dynamic silhouette which breaks the monotony of the spatial experience and surrounding landscape. Bolted together, the insulated sheets reveal a dynamic triangulated façade and produce ideal acoustic qualities for a functional black box theatre, while their ridges provide load distribution, electrical conduits, ambient lighting and unique joinery for waterproofing.

 

andblack studio presents the parametric metal tent as a prefabricated kit of lightweight insulated modular panels that can be dry assembled on site and dismantled in a matter of days to be flat packed for efficient storage and transportation. As such, it eliminates the need for a platform plinth and heavy equipment for transportation and construction and excavation. 

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
the parametric metal tent adds a focal point as it wedges into the green landscape

 

 

a customizable parametric system

 

Within, the enclosure is able to host a several diverse events. Supporting multi-functional requirements, a variety of services have been integrated to develop a unique structure adaptive to any climactic condition, including in-built lighting and air-conditioning systems, an audio-visual set-up, and an exhibition framework. Striking a balance between materiality and technological advancements in the field of design, Darwin Bucky also engages a computational model that allows for customization, each factor coded as independent variables. The parametric system’s adaptability enables the development of multiple iterations by adjusting the size from 12m to 18m, and selecting its form as either a single unit or multiple interconnected units. Further, a variety of configurations of display, stage and audience interactions can also be generated, giving audiences a distinct experience with every visit.

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
assembly of bottom panels with temporary wooden supports

 

 

‘The project becomes a positive activity generator where the community can come together, interact and revive the connection lost during the pandemic.’ writes lead architect Jwalant Mahadevwala of andblack studio. ‘Although a diverse team of computational designers, digital fabricators and local craftsmen collaborated on the project, it became truly secular when ‘Gond’ (traditional painting technique from a remote village of India) artists painted the outer surface with a mythological character as a commentary on today’s society.’ he continues.

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space in india
the dome taking shape

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
vista from diner

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
a sense of symmetry is reveald along central axis

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parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
andblack studio proposes a ‘permanently impermanent’ architecture composed of prefabricated components

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
Darwin Bucky is designed as a versatile space to host various functions and events

parametric metal tent with ridge paneled facade serves as multipurpose events space by andblack studio in india
the space can be used as an exhibition center, lecture hall, gathering space and more

 

 

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plan at LVL +600mm
plan at LVL +600mm
section through entrance foyer
section through entrance foyer
ideation and form development
ideation and form development
exploded diagram
exploded diagram

project info:

 

name: Darwin Bucky

architecture: andblack studio

lead architect: Ar. Jwalant Mahadevwala
location: Ahmedabad, India

structural consultant: Shehzad Irani Schafbock design+workshop

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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