Stuttgart University W.S 2013/14
Tutors: Prof. Achim Menges, D. Correa, M. Dörstelmann, M. Prado Prof. Jan Knippers, V. Koslowski, S. Parascho, G. Schieber Prof. Dr. James Nebelsick, C. Allgaier
Students: Yassmin Al-Khasawneh, Yuliya Baranovskaya, Paul Poinet, Maria Yablonina
We chose to analyse the spider web biological role model because this product of nature is both performative and structurally optimized in order to catch preys and to produce habitable spaces for the spiders.
After biological researches on the spider web role models, we decided to translate into architectural principles the two most interesting aspects present in a 3D spider-web: the fibre-fibre interactions between the threads (on a local level) and the supporting threads techniques that the spider is using in order to create specific shapes that allow it to live and catch preys (on a global level).
The architectural final outputs that we realized (by computation and model making) are innovative in term of construction methods and processes but are still very classical in term of structure. Each output can be compared as a series of sectional beams which are supporting a structural roof. Thus, the step-by-step construction could be revisited in order to produce more interesting architectural structures and spaces which could be spread in multiple directions.