Developable geometries describe a powerful approach to master and utilize geometrical complexity in architecture. Their spectrum of application in architectural design is vast. Curved folding of planar sheet materials allows the design and fabrication of 3-dimensional surfaces in an efficient and elegant way. During a 5 day workshop the students explored potentials of folding aluminium panels to produce weatherproof façade cladding systems. Starting with paper models, the students analyzed shingled façade systems and translated their designs into parametric design models in a cad environment. Through custom made software tools the students could directly generate fabrication data allowing for robotic folding with three independent robotic arms. To verify their design concepts the students finally produced 4 full scale façade mockups in aluminium sheets mounted on a wooden substructure.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
In cooperation with: Gregory Epps, RoboFold and Daniel Piker, SpaceSymmetryStructure Collaborators: Michael Knauß (project lead), Ralph Bärtschi, Mike Lyrenmann, Dominik Weber Students: