The Gravitational Pavilion: Simplified Node Complexity

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The gravitational pavilion (fig. 1) was developed in collaboration with the CNC producer Krüsi. The double-curved structure of the pavilion consists of 297 individual CNC-fabricated wood beams. To avoid complex node intersections as well as to reduce fabrication complexity, the crucial parts of the structure nodes were cut out. To make the structure stable and fabricable, a high abstraction from a complex shape to simplified components as well as a two-step assembly logic was worked out. A digital design to fabrication and assembly workflow was developed to accomplish this goal. The results show that the contemporary world of digital fabrication and collaboration of students with industry enables innovative small-scale projects.

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