Tensegrity : system study

Tensegrity structure or also known as tensional integrity, a portmanteau term that was  coined by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s. It is a structural principle which is based on the use of detached components in compression inside a net of continuous tension. It is also known as “floating compression”, a term that was promoted by Kenneth Snelson. Each compressed members such as struts or bars do not touch among another and the prestressed tensioned members, tendons or cables.

The study of tensegrity structure started through geometric remodeling the tensegrity model using digital softwares, in order to understand the deployability of the system. The basic form of tensegrity is being explored through addition of struts in the cell modules. The basic cell module is then are combined according to geometry tessellation. They were applied on regular surface and also irregular surface, while maintaining the structural frequency and mesh tension.

Plan views : tesselation studies on tensegrity models

Plan : 3 struts model
Plan : 4 struts model
Plan : 5 struts model
Plan : 6 struts model
2 struts tensegrity study model

Project Type : Digital Experiment and Research
Studio : DS 10, University of Westminster
Tutors : Arthur Mamou-Mani & Toby Burgess
Year : 2018

Published by Esha Hashim

Esha Hashim is a designer and graduate architect, currently based in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu. She graduated her Master of Architecture from University of Westminster, United Kingdom, where she was exposed with geometric digital exploration and architecture within conflicts. Over the years, she started to explore the notions of other creative arts that have helped her in observing the surroundings and appreciating the details - that eventually assist in her thinking process.

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