Read here about tensegrity structures that are deployed in the shape of an arch.


An arch is a structure that spans a space, usually supporting weight, in the form of an inverted "U."

In a tensegrity arch, a basic tensegrity module--usually the 3 strut --is repeated with slight length and filament variations in length such that the structure arches. The repeating module that forms the arch is usually accompanied by another module that forms its two bases.

Selected Images of Tensegrity Arches

An assortment of tensegrity arches and discussion of their structure is presented.

Snelson's Arch

Rainbow Arch is a tensegrity arch by Snelson . Constructed of aluminum & stainless steel, it measures 7 ft. x 12.6 ft. x 2.6 ft (meters, 2.1 x 3.8 x 1).
Rainbow Arch by Ken Snelson

Maxim's Arch

Maxim Schrogin designed and built an arch in Berkeley, California. The arch was built in 2002 as an entry arch to the sacred space of his nephew's wedding. He sent the photo to Robert Burkhardt .
sacred space of his nephew's wedding. Photo hosted by Robert Burkhardt.

Kenichi Kawaguchi's Arch

Reusable Deployable Tensegrity Arch by Kenichi Kawaguchi

Reusable Deployable Tensegrity Arch by Kenichi Kawaguchi

Deejayana's Arch

Deejayana uploaded an arch covered with paper to DeviantArt.

Tensegrity Arch with paper by Deejayana

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