Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström

Read here about "Tensegrity Tower," a student project by Gustav Fagerström


Street View with embedded Parametric Modelling of the Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström

Parametric Modelling of the Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström

Parametric Modelling of the Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström

Lift and Stair Core of the Tensegrity Tower by Fagerström

About this project

From Fagerström's 2007 project description:

This project is concerned with issues of vertical density, seismicity and urban ecology.

The project attempts to vertically recreate the typical city streetscape, providing different hierarchical levels of transport and mixing functions throughout the building... At the performative level, the project proposes responses to site specific conditions. Located on an island just inside the coastline in Tokyo bay, Japan, the site sits in the midst of an area of significant seismic activity. Aside from battling earthquakes, modern Tokyo also has to face the ever-growing problem of the urban heat island. For this reason one aim of the project has been to add as little thermal mass as possible to the city and to ensure highly effective natural cooling mechanisms. As a consequence the structure should be lightweight and economical in material use, avoiding unnecessary accumulations of weight and bulk. In order to deal with seismicity, the building further needs to break down and redistribute impulses of vibration.

Critical points of the brief are responded to by the principle of tensegrity. Structures of this type are inherently material efficient and highly adaptable, with tension and compression members only present along necessary load paths and sustaining each other in force equilibrium, rather than one leaning on the other. A majority of the system’s load bearing capacity also comes from the tensile members, whose cross-section diminishes with increased load, and unlike compressive materials do not exponentially increase in bulk and inertia when upscaled.

Due to the complex nature of the brief I propose techniques that enable a parametric-associative control over the systems deployed. Through the capabilities of such a digital environment, I attempt to move the architecture toward systems that are differentiated rather than different, and that rely not on hierarchy but on interdependence.


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