Monday, July 20, 2009

Spider Vaults

This blog documents the design, engineering, fabrication and construction of an unreinforced stone masonry vault featuring new forms for compression-only structures.
The project is a collaboration between Escobedo Construction and Prof. John Ochsendorf and Philippe Block from MIT. By combining the MIT team’s expertise in three-dimensional equilibrium of complex structures in unreinforced masonry and Escobedo Construction’s expertise in design and construction of stone buildings, we expect to produce a state-of-the-art pavilion.

The vault is being designed using Thrust Network Analysis, a new computational tool developed at MIT for exploring three-dimensional equilibrium structures.

1 comment:

  1. hi... we are working on a similar project in our studio...

    we are also trying to explre new possibilities with stone structures and how it behaves while dealing complex surfaces and forms... is there anyway we can get some guidance on that?