Visitors to Vision London, an event focussing on future of the built environment, were fascinated by the central pavilion designed by engineers at Structuremode. The design used a pure tensegrity (floating compression) system to suspend the fabric roof.
The 7m diameter pavilion with its 4m high roof is a taster of what Structuremode founder Geoff Morrow sees as an almost infinitely scalable solution. He is investigating the potential for sports stadia of the future, where a lightweight tensegrity torus might replace heavier materials. The potential for savings in materials, as well as more artistic design, are extensive.
How Oasys proved invaluable
GSA is emerging as the software of choice for engineering light weight structures and Structuremode’s design for Vision London was developed using GSA Suite. Its fast, advanced form finding engine for initial geometric optimisation works seamlessly with its static non-linear analysis to test performance and shape retention of fabric under stress and its own weight.