RECIPROCAL MODEL / EXPERIMENT ELEVEN
This model uses a system of equilateral triangles in various sizes to create a multileveled structure. The experiments began with a simple cantilever using two triangular elements anchored to the ground with tensile force. From there, each iteration grows outward or upward. The initial tensile force is replaced, first by balancing the structure with self-weight, and then by integrating that tensile element into the system’s tensegrity system. By threading elastic bands through aluminum tubing, the linear structural elements apply both compression and tension, keeping each pyramidal unit from deforming.
The use of the aluminum tubing and elastic bands also allows for connections between units of different sizes; by connecting to the frame with elastic bands (using tension and friction) rather than at fixed joints, connections can occur anywhere on the aluminum frame. This presents an opportunity for a diversity of spatial applications within a single system.