It's not every day that someone invents a new structural element. Something so elegant and ingenious we wonder why it was just recently discovered. At the Design Indaba conference this week Israeli designer, Dror Benshetrit unveiled his QuaDror, a new structural joint, geometrical truss, wall divider, sound barrier, artistic form and shelter concept - all in one. The flat-packing block is composed of four identical L-shaped pieces that fall open to create something that is so strong and stable, it may just change how we build.
Benshetrit originally came up with the geometry when he designed a floor lamp as a special edition for Swarovski. He was fascinated by it and came up with a myriad of other uses for the quirky yet surprisingly efficient building block. The four identical pieces are laid together in such a way that when they fold open, they create a strong structural element that can be made in a variety of sizes.
The QuaDror is stronger than a rectangle or an a-frame for vertical or horizontal loads and its flat-packing ability makes it economical to ship and store. 86 of these elements can be stacked on top of each other, which makes it suitable for building, tall walls and much more. Benshetrit also wants to use the structural element to make quick-erecting and strong shelters for the world’s poor and disaster victims.
Engineering consultants Arup have even taken a look at the block and pronounced its structural strength “outstanding.” They even nominated the QuaDror for the annual Buckminster Fuller competition. Benshetrit unveiled his amazing design at this week’s Design Indaba conference in South Africa and has set up a pop-up display of his first QuaDror house.