Minimal Surface

Workshop | Participated as a Team | My Work: Design and Fabrication | 2018

   The Digital Manucaturing Workshop was held for four days at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the University of Shahid Behehshti. In this workshop, the participants, along with theoretical knowledge of the subject, participated in the final modeling of a minimum level. The dimensions of the project are about 4×3 meters with a height of 7.2 meters. It should be noted that a large part of the design of the skeletons was carried out at the workshop and outside the college, and only its final assembly took place at the lobby of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Development, and therefore, there was a need for measures to prevent the students from  attending work in the space between columns are the participants in the six groups cut the fabric pieces in their final shape and connected with fitting on the floor. Eventually, these six large pieces were attached to the skeleton in their actual location. 

   The structure was originally designed in Grass Hopper Rhino, and then one-to-one scale drawings were prepared for cutting and transport, which, in cooperation with Saina, found a workshop specializing in this field. The proposed joints were grinding, pitching, and pouring and boiling, which was chosen due to labor shortages, rigidity and fitness of the finished product.

   Day 1: rolling and cutting, numbering and floor plan 

Day 2: cutting vertical bars, placing on plans, assembling rolled pipes with welding 

Day 3: weld the Earrings 

Day 4: the color, the floor plate and the assembling of the structure

    During the workshop students in every team had to make simple and little forms to understand and learn about different kinds of minimal surface forms. These forms were made of a skeleton which should have been verified and stabilized for several minutes while they were put into solution of water and soap.

   Every team had to design a specific detail for connectivity of fabric pieces:

Suggested detail by our team consisted of three important elements:

1. Elastic fabrics

2. Tensile rings

3. Wire buckles as a link between fabrics and tensile loops.

Elastic fabrics that have suitable tensile strength are punched and are connected to tensile loops by towing wires. The main reason for using a loop is due to the high tension of pieces of fabric and neutralizing their force, so by connecting the edges of fabric modules, the desired surface was formed by stretching the loop and repeating this process.