Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to fabricate dragon scales

The twisting form for the Vanke Pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015 -- a beautiful challenge for the UK structural engineers Ramboll UK Limited.

Ramboll worked with the architect, Studio Daniel Libeskind, to simplify the ceramic dragon-scale tile pattern. Ramboll worked in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Plankton to reduce the tile sizes and shapes to less than a dozen patterns. Using their in-house mesh generation, they analyzed the double curve surface, and then subtly varied the overlap instead of the shapes.

The Milan Expo closes October 31, 2015.

Description of structure in Arch Daily ...

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