It all starts before we even get the project to develop. When the idea is created in the client’s mind, they become willing to make it happen. No matter the basics – cheap/expensive, small/big , or simple/detailed – we aim to solidify the idea from descripting words to pen on paper and help our clients realize their dreams.
Our main inspiration and support surrounds us all, Nature. Simple and brilliant shapes, solving complicated and complex solutions, have been presented by Nature. We look to these observable structures to further understand how to apply this knowledge in a sustainable way.
We take an idea and manipulate its boundaries, fixation points, sags, surface tension ratios, and more to create a final shape that fits within the provided criteria. Double curvature – a surface curved in two directions – serves as the main principle in most tensile surface structures. Various shapes and styles of membrane structures, such as inflated dorms and cushions, require different approaches in form-finding.
To find the best forms we utilize various software and techniques available on the market, in combination with our own proprietary methods, We are constantly researching and studying previous projects and methods to optimize current methods and aiming to create revolutionary solutions.
Membrane structures combine nature, architecture, engineering, and execution. Errors in formfinding can destroy any project, resulting in more complex engineering tasks, resulting in wasted time and resources. We focus on reducing errors by advancing complex and logical thinking, by developing algorithms to perform geometrical analysis. We treat every project as an algorithm itself, a chain of interconnected tasks that result in a well-executed project.
Inspired by nature
Shape analysis gives us an understanding of the structure on the environment and the environment on the structure. Rain, wind, and solar energy all have major impacts on any structure. We complete various analysis, including water flow on the surface, water overflow on the borders, wind distribution, solar behavior, load contract areas, and other factors. We make sure that our shapes will work both on paper and in reality.
Computational Fluid Dynamics is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical analysis and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows. CFD allows for a higher level of accuracy and precision, determining weaker and stronger parts of the structure ahead of time, saving on materials, time, and budget.
Nonlinear analysis is performed in a special softwares made exactly for tensile surface structures. We use all information obtained from shape analysis and CFD simulations alongside with codes information to load surface with actions and combinations. After the analysis, we create a report on stresses and reactions. We use them to continue with detailing for plates, fixations, connections and other important parts of a project.
Now, the final shape is ready for post-production : patterning, layouts, specifications etc. We use both built-in solutions for softwares to create patterns and our own solutions that provide a higher level of accuracy and consume much less time. All drawings we make are to represent an idea of a lightweight structure - be easy to understand, light and well-executed. Even here different in-house solutions are used to speed up this process with more accurate, practical and aesthetic design.