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Presentation 18-03-2011: From structure to detail

The design procedure needs to be constantly evaluated and controlled. The feedback that is received is crucial for the on-going process. 

At this stage the architect is elaborating the floorplans in order to accomodate the functions, and is collaborating with the structural engineer and the cladding manager for the final outcome.

The cladding is now formulated at the base of a component which will fit a performance oriented design, as stated in the initial fase.
The hexagon has been selected as optimal, in terms of economy (saving material), architectural effect and sustainable performance. The hexagons will create the inlets and outlets of the air, clad the major part of the facade and formulate a moving component which will react to the velocity and direction of the prevailing wind. A shaft will then drive the wind through the openings into the building and release it at the highest point of the roof.

The calculation of the volume and cross-section areas through Rhino facilitate the design of the wind path.

The structure is following the layers and is translating the two-part concept into two basic construction areas. Parametric design and GSA are being used for the basic shapes and the calculations.

applying a grid:digitalizing architecture

elaboration of the details: designing and calculating the wind passage throught the stadium
cladding design: first approach



ASCD, or Architecture-Structure-Cladding-Digital Design

We have to define the parameters in order to prevent chaos..or otherwise to prevent something like this.. 

Our basic goal is to design a stadium that responds to the wind.. the facade has to alter when the velocity or direction change.. each single component on the skin of the building will have then to regulate its position and help direct or even accelerate the wind.. and the structure needs to be combatible with the inside functions and the performance of the outside skin.

all these aspects need to be combined and parametrized.

Architecture is no more static
The cladding will consist of components that move 
The structure is conceived so that it will help to accelerate the windflow inside the building.

the parameters are set: dimensions of the components, their distribution on the facade,control of the heights and lengths of the layers.


First designs.. the layer approach


The basic idea is that we can make a stadium out of layers...such an approach will be handy for the architectural design and the structure.

-The stadium could be like this..says the architect.
-I can figure out a structure..says the structural engineer.
-My cladding can perform for two goals: architecture and sustainability..says the cladding engineer.
-I will combine your concepts on a core model so that the workflow is also layered,not only the stadium..says the digital design manager.


basic concept:urban integration
According to our urban analysis, the surrounding area could be divided in three zones. The industrial area at the east, the core of the city at the west, and an intermediate zone, primarily housing.
The stadium is placed on a passageway from the indusrty to the iconic buildings of the city centre.Its architectural image should therefore express this transition.

Changes in its structure, its cladding or its geometry will be used in order to achieve this design goal.
Is that all with urban integration? 

-No! We want the stadium to react to the environment, not just integrate!
-Then it will react to the movement of the wind,as if its trying to catch the atmosphere of the city!
-And the wind will produce energy!