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StrapSteel Canopy

2d / 3d Transformation - A Flat Mesh Becomes a Saddle via Lateral Compression

The underlying study of this design research project is based on the structural constraint of bending-active surfaces made of hexagonal cells. These types of meshes can transform into a saddle when exposed to lateral forces in opposite directions. The goal, in this case, is to test the maximal span of a grid shell made of 2” strap steel, which is usually used for industrial packaging.  The phases consist of making a flat assembly, lifting the mesh into its final configuration, and arresting the form with tension cables. The cantilevered triangular mesh is stiffened with a double-edged beam made of steel rods.

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