Read here about a simple tensegrity chair by an architecture students designed on the 12 strut structure, using limited materials.

Overview

The 12 strut chair was designed as part of a UT Austin Architecture 3rd year architecture build challenge: in groups, create a chair, bridge or tower of limited materials. Ryan Rasmussen and Katharina Stoll led the design effort. The chair was deployed to the 2011 Trans Pecos Festival of Love and Music in Marfa, Texas as part of a video screening area.

The struts were cardboard tubes, slotted at the ends with four symmetrical groove cuts. The tendons were string. The seat was composed of three more tubes added to one open 'window' or face of the tensegrity.

Photo gallery

Stills from the video:

12 strut stool in use front by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool with person seated, front view by Rasmussen

12 strut stool sketches by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool sketches and concepts by Rasmussen

12 strut stool struts in prep by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool struts in preparation by Rasmussen

12 strut stool struts with cut grooves by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool struts with cut grooves for tendons, by Rasmussen

12 strut stool in prep by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool in preparation by Rasmussen

12 strut stool base by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool base by Rasmussen

12 strut stool final by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool, view from above, by Rasmussen

12 strut stool in use by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool in use by participants by Rasmussen

12 strut stool in use rear by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool in use rear view, by Rasmussen

12 strut stool in use rear2 by Rasmussen.PNG
12 strut stool in use rear view, by Rasmussen



Links and References


Rasmussen's website: http://www.ryanrrasmussen.com/inflato-wonder/
UT Austin Architecture 3rd year architecture portfolio: http://issuu.com/ryan.rasmussen/docs/soundbuildingportfolio
YouTube video uploaded by Rasmussen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl3n9NlWN2Y
Katharina Stoll Portfolio Link: http://issuu.com/kmstoll/docs/stoll_katharina_portfolio?e=10775009/6680994, LinkedIn Profile

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