weaving carbon fiber pavilion designed by uni. of tokyo’s T_ADs team
all images courtesy of jun shimada

 

 

 

the T_ADS team, from the university of tokyo tests the potentiality of carbon fiber as architectural material with, the ‘weaving carbon fiber pavilion’. the piece is composed of carbon fiber rods, a stretchable membrane, and stainless steel rods. by combining the two light-weight materials — steel is only used as ground ground support — a complex, 3-dimensional interior space can be created without conventional formwork.

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exterior with benches around the pavilion 

 

 

 

after generating a grid using computer programming, carbon fiber rods were woven into a flat grid of 7.7×7.7m. the shape has gradational span differences; the center possessing the smallest spans, and grow wider in an outwards fashion. after laid out, a stretchable membrane measuring just under 60% of the total grid size, is attached to points on the rod structure.

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interior 

 

 

 

as a result, the bending forces of the rods and tensile forces of the exterior layer contort into a wavy surface. because of span differences in the grid, the size of deformations greatly increase from center to periphery — giving it a natural dome shape. the waviness isn’t only for visual effect, but essential to allow it to become self-standing. each surface acts as a structural rib in a larger whole, allowing loads to be distributed evenly throughout. the ends of rods are then anchored to stainless steel pipes set into the ground. in total the ‘weaving carbon fiber pavilion’ has a usable area of 5x5m and can be used for a range of purposes

 


video courtesy of taikuma

weaving carbon fiber pavilion designed by uni. of tokyo's T_ADs team
entrance 

weaving carbon fiber pavilion designed by uni. of tokyo's T_ADs team
structural detail 

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back side of the pavilion 

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night view  

 

 


video courtesy of taikuma

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view from adjacent building 

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structural test of the carbon fiber rod 

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FEM analysis of the global structure

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form generation process 

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assembly 

 

 

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edited by: nick brink | designboom