COMPUTATIONALLY INFORMED STRUCTURES
In April 2016 the Woven Wood Workshop has been held at the Sbodio32 warehouse for the Fuorisalone Milan Design Week.
This project explores the performance of a timber woven lightweight structure through digital fabrication and hygroscopic assembly. The research investigates the surface morphology of strip pattern configuration through the limits of unrollable twisted stripes.
Originally the weaving technique has been used in the craftman’s tradition for small artefacts like baskets, and lately brought in the industry for various new purposes. Since it possess delaminationfree and damage tolerant properties, this method can be considered as an alternative and efficient fabrication system. Threedimensional interlocked structures can be classified according to element interlacement types, having different level of rigidity and geometrical differentiation. These are considered suitable for representing surfaces as generation of form, extremely robust and lightweight. The architectural potential is laying in the materialization of doublecurved topologies, light filtering, novel spatial qualities and the aesthetics of the surface morphology.
The woven timber method develops a novel material system and fabrication process by investigating the relationship between the performance of flexible timber structures and basket weaving methods. Using thin plywood for weaving lightweight structures, the project explores the fabrication with zero framework and a temporary augmented flexibility for the assembly. Optimal levels of interlocking in the system are achieved by altering the parameters of the interlacing timber strips and strip width.
A thorough understanding the limits and advantages of the elastic bending behavior of the material, the design process is informed through formfinding methods, computational tools for structural analysis and fabrication techniques. Material properties and stress of the curvature are integrated and arranged on both global and local level through gradients of stiffness and flexibility.
4th April - 10th April 2016
Djordje Stanojevic | Msc ITECH, Digital Fabrication and Computational Design Expert at IaaC + FabLab Barcelona
Georgi Kazlachev | Msc Arch. ITECH
Barbara Piga| Prof. Architectural and Urban Simulation, Politecnico Di Milano
Eugenio Morello | Research Scientist at the Architectural and Urban Simulation - FaustoCurti , DAStU - Politecnico di Milano