Tensegrity Vault

Students: Paul Bedson + Nick Hart-Woods

Staff: Keith Andrews + Jak Drinnan + Nick Tyrer

 

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Brief

Abstract Machines were invited to design and fabricate an installation for the 2015 Leeds Beckett Summer Show.  The faculty of Arts exhibition is not only limited to Architectural courses, but featured work from almost 500 students across Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Product Design and Urban Design. The installation was to act as the entrance for thousands of guests and students over a three week period.

 

Design

 

Prototyping

Due to the highly unusual tensegrity structural system, many iterations and prototypes were tested to understand the system more intimately. These prototypes were also used to validate the accuracy of our digital models and physics simulations. After a range of small scale models produced on the lasercutter, we moved to the Nicolas Alexander workshop where we could test the system at 1:1.

 

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Construction

The plywood panels were cut on the CNC at Nicholas Alexander workshop in London. Each panel was labelled with its unique tab for assembly. Located subtly between the two connection points, so as to be hidden under the bracket once the panels are installed. The cables were custom cut to required lengths.

 

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Due to the location of the proposed Tensegrity Vault, in the entrance hall of Leeds Beckett school of Architecture. The vault needed to be totally self-supporting. In place of floor fixings, six cases filled with ballast provide an adaptable platform for the temporary structure.

 

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Built