During the peak of his career, Pier Luigi Nervi dazzled the world with his audacious expressions in the design of precast concrete that unified form, structure, and construction. Today, the ubiquity of BIM encourages an ever greater degree of integration across design and construction. How can we shape geometries by their structural performances? Using Millipede for Grasshopper and CNC fabrication, this project explores a new prototype that leverages finite element analysis into the geometric transformation of its precast structural components.
Program: structural research and prototype
Team: Innes Cheng, Mike Floryan, Vincent Mai
Role: computational design, fabrication. visualization
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
two-way, continuously supported,
An interior characterized by expressions of precast components and daylighting patterns.
mapping finite element analysis to material distribution
mold production using CNC routing
applying lubrication for mortar release
pouring mortar between the top and bottom molds
two previously failed attempt at pouring into the mold
final prototype mock-up and exhibition