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G30 Summer Pavilion Work in Progress 04

With samples of components produced by Takenaka-san, we had a meeting with the pavilion team from Obayashi Co. The full-scale version of G30 Summer Pavilion will be a network of compression components made of thin sheets of stainless steel, which are welded and inflated using robotic manufacturing machines available at local fabrication shops near the Toyota Motor’s factory.

G30 Summer Pavilion Work in Progress 03

In order to test the accuracy of structural simulations of shell-formed tensegrity structure, we have built 1:3 scaled model. The process of assembly remained the same as our last model, with multiple ropes to hoist the entire structure in one go. The structural simulations have been a lot more complicated than what we expected; we are collaborating with Prof. Sato and structural engineers from Obayashi Co. 

G30 Summer Pavilion Work in Progress 02

This year’s G30 Pavilion will be constructed with a series of components that are made of thin sheets of aluminum cut/weld with robotic fabrications. The welded aluminum sheets are then inflated with high-pressure air, making the components into 3D form.

In addition to material research in computational fabrications, we are experimenting with its assembly system. Instead of putting the components on site piece by piece, all of them are linked together to create a 2D surface first and then lifted with a series of cables to form a 3D shell structure. The assembly process is analogous to the way puppets are performed by a hand.

G30 Summer Pavilion Work in Progress 01

G30 Summer Pavilion Project has officially kicked off. As two previous pavilion projects, Pro. Jun Sato will join us as our structural engineer.

The structural system was developed as a Tensegrity, connecting varying sizes of components with thin stainless cables, creating a network of tension and compression in the form of stable shell structure. When the components are linked as a 2D surface, it remains as flexible. When the 2D surface is positioned in a specific 3D geometry, it locks into a stable Tensegrity structure.

Summer Pavilion Project with Obayashi Co.

 This year’s G30 Pavilion will be developed as a collaboration project with Obayashi Corporation, one of Japan’s major construction companies. In the past two years, we have built two pavilions at scales that were manageable to G30 students with our limited resources. In order expand our ambitions, we have invited our Digital Fabrication Lab’s sponsors to join our pavilion projects.

As a prototype of temporally structures for Tokyo Olympic 2020, four design proposals were developed by G30’s 1st year design teams, and one was selected by both G30 teaching staff and members of Obayashi Co to be developed further and to be built this summer.

Selected Pavilion Proposal by Ana, Miguel, Leaf

Circle Pack Pavilion at Tokyo Designers Week

Circle Pack Pavilion is completed. This pavilion was designed and constructed forTokyo Designers Week 2012. Our pavilion will be displayed as part of School Exhibition at Meiji Jingu Gaien site until Nov.5th. If you are going to TDW, please make sure to visit our pavilion!

Circle Pack Pavilion Construction

Testing Circle Pack Pattern for the Pavilion

Students are working to make a pavilion called “Circle Pack Pavilion.” It is becoming one of G30’s annual events to build a pavilion for Tokyo Designers Week. The pavilion uses shrink film and various sizes of nested bamboo rings to archive lightweight structure. We will update more photos during the event.

Assembly Test

Production of nested bamboo rings 

Minimal Surface Pavilion at Tokyo Designers Week 2011

We are participating this year’s Tokyo Designers Week and exhibiting our Minimal Surface Pavilion. This is our 6th version since we started constructing last September, and it gets better each time we reconstruct at different locations.
Tokyo Designers Week 2011 will run for a week from November 1 to 6 at Meiji Jingu Garden near Shibuya.建築