Jakob Tensegrity Torus


Read here about the Jakob Tensegrity Torus on public display in Trubschachen, Switzerland

Overview


Jakob AG, a Swiss rope-system manufacturer, decided to construct a large Tensegrity Torus in 2006. Architect Filippo Broggini was commissioned, with Blue Office Architecture. Production and assembly was implemented by Jakob employees. The wheel construction stands outside the Jakob's factory.

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Jakob Tensegrity Torus being lowered into place from a crane.


An early model of the torus was constructed from children's glostick toys.
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Jakob Tensegrity Torus model made from toy glosticks


Components of the Torus

The Jakob tensegrity torus stands at their office in Trubschachen, Switzerland, and consists of
  • Diameter, 14.8 m
  • Weight, 2450 kg
  • Module, 4-rod elements.
  • Number of modules, 21
  • Number of compression rods, 84
  • Wire diameter, 10 mm
  • Threads and hemispheres, Jakob M14 parts
  • LED light tapes (colored red, white, and blue) integrated into the compression rods

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