The shell, located at the headquarters of French company S.N.B.R., is based on the “hypar”, a known doubly-ruled surface commonly used in reinforced concrete shells. It is generated by two families of straight lines called “generatrices”. Its morphological properties allows engineers to easily analyze its structural behavior as a parametricsurface and divide stone into modules.
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This innovative design draws from Stereotomy to create connections between shape, structure and fabrication, and develop new ways of building self-supported vaulted morphologies through integrated parametric analysis. This computational approach will allow the use of robotic arms andCNC machines in building innovative structures.
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Seems more decorative than structural as a solution if you ask me. I mean, if you're looking for actual shelter from the elements, you'd hardly want something with holes over your head right? It looks like it would be a lot more in place as a shell outside the actual building structure than as the structure itself. But perhaps there's more information that hasn't been disseminated about how it works just yet...