COMBINATIONAL MODEL / EXPERIMENT TEN
Using our reciprocal model study as a launching point, we further explored how elements can be hung in tension with the overall goal of articulating space through an architectural structural system. Addressing the issues we faced in our last model – precarious balance points and unwanted rotational forces – we designed a joint that allowed for four points of contact, instead of one, to stabilize and secure the hanging floor plates.
The scale, space generated, and construction sequence of this model make it an appropriate proposal for a mid-rise tower with an open floor plate and curtain wall facade. To further reiterate the structural system, the post tensioned cables running through the core hang the upper level from the lower level, while the beams help to form an enclosure.