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DPM

II

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

Eric

Wong

WSA BSc

Y2


1.

FORM FINDING

2.

DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING

3.

TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATION

4.

DIGITAL FABRICATION

5.

HOUSING PROJECT


1.

FORM

FINDING

EXPLORING SPIDER-FIBRE

The representation of a spider fibre show that the hard β- pleated sheets are discontinuous and the tension members (amino acid matrix) form a continuous network. Hence, the nano-structure of the spider fibre is a Tensegrity structure. β- pleated sheet (discontinuous) Amino acid matric (continuous)

Nature’s endorsement of Tensegrity structures in the form of spider fibre is the strongest natural fibre. Similarly if Tensegrity is nature’s preferred building architecture, then the same incredible efficiency possessed by natural systems can be transferred to manmade systems too.


A tensegrity system is established when a set of discontinuous compressive components interacts with a set of continuous tensile components to defince a stable volume.

1. T-Prism Construction: Triangular Prism Stage

3. T-Prism Construction: Cartesian Coordinates System

2. T-Prism Construction: Cylindrical Coordinates System

4. T-Prism Construction: Simplest Tensegrity Structure


2.

DIGITAL

IMAGE

PROCESSING


Early conceptual image processing


3.

TECHNICAL

TENSEGRITY TOWERS PRAXIS

ILLUSTRATION

1. Discontinuous tower with potentially continous cables

2. Breaking up the tower in to three different functions

3. Simplest tensegrity structure in perfect balance of compression and tension

4. Translating these tensegrity towers and rationalising its position for a housing project


TENSEGRITY TOWERS ANALYSIS FUNCTION Housing Observatory tower Retail

Determining the functions of each tower and making it site specific

VIEWS

Position of housing and observatory ramp offer good views past the railway through to the bay and in to the Taff river

SUNLIGHT

Position of towers offer good southfacing sun to the housing and retail

CIRCULATION

Raised structure offer permeable routes and free flowing circulation


4.

DIGITAL

FABRICATION

MASSING A TENSEGRITY STRUCTURE: EXPLORATION THROUGH 3D MODELLING AND FABRICATION

Distorting the cube and translation the lines in to a 4-point tensegrity structure

4-point tensegrity structure in perfect compression and tension

MODELLING IN 3DS MAX

Start by creating a cube

Apply the ‘twist’ option to torsion the cube recreating a 4-point tensegrity structure

Explortaion of mass in a tensegrity structure and potentially fabricating it to rationalise a construction process


123D MAKE:

Using this program and the ‘stacked slices’ construction technique to generate a 3D model with the laser-cutting machine

FABRICATED CUTS

FINAL OUTCOME


5.

HOUSING

TENSEGRITY MASTERPLAN

PROJECT

C

B

B

A

A

C


SECTIONS

Section AA


Section BB


Section CC


PHOTOGRAPHS OF SCHEME ON SITE


DPM II Digital Portfolio: Eric Wong  

DPM II Digital Portfolio Eric Wong WSA BSc Y2

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