The “Exhibition Pavilion” at the Courtyard of Florid International University School of Architecture. Students develop an architectural fabrication of a pavilion as the originating unit for the project. This project demands an extensive scientific research prior to design process. Each group of students is assigned to use a specific methodology involving a form-finding method for the analog and digital experiments.
The examination of the bat wing allows primarily a folding movement. This combination of movements allows the wing to be dynamically versatile; placing the membrane in different states ranging from relaxed to precisely stretched.
Structural System: Membrane
To begin, the initial studies explores the bat’s patagium, focusing on its membrane, its proportions and its connections. The form finding method derived from the early models explore the types of connections that could recreate the smooth and gentle movements of the bat wing.
The proposed materials for the structure is bamboo poles due to its sturdiness and stability. To place this structure in tension, a series of triangular shaped pieces of elastic fabric is applied as the membrane component. This pattern is easily replaceable and interchangeable with stretchable materials like fabric or other recycled woven designs.
Students: Fernando Rodriguez & Sarah-Jane Wiener