HANGING MODEL / EXPERIMENT TEN
This project explores the concepts of domes through the connection of catenary arches using a ball and bead chain within a radial grid as its base for a stable structure and foundation. Learning from Antoni Gaudi and his ‘Hanging Model Colonia Güell,’ our group took inspiration from his use of layering, connections, and creation of catenary arches. Similar to the weights used in the Colinia Güell Hanging Model, our group utilized the bead as a consistent form of measurement. The beads became a control unit to help us design with intention and precision, such that each repeated catenary arch contained the same number of beads.
Our explorations built upon one another and led to the development of both interior and exterior spaces in certain iterations. The arches were carefully interconnected to create unified systems and layered upon each other for varied spatial qualities. The use of a measured and repeated radial system neatly divided the model planimetrically, centralizing spaces through the various iterations. While the weight of the chain and gravity guided the form of the catenary arches to sectionally create the surrounding spaces.