After presenting a series of group projects to our clients, the studio began to focus on the bigger picture: the built grid shell. The first task for the studio was analyzing each of the proposed projects. We categorized the 5 projects according to anchor type, grid pattern, and number of layers. We weighed the pros and cons of each model and selected 3 models that we would further explore as a studio and possibly design. The three models selected were 4AP 1X (4), 4APL 1X2 (2), and 3AL R-2X (2).


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The following tasks are needed in order to have a successful grid shell structure:

-Digital Iterations

-Scaled Models


-30’ Long Section Model


Digital Iterations

The studio began the digital iterations by trying to solve the cons that each of the three selected projects had. We designed 5 new solutions per project and from those iterations, had another discussion about which designs solved the design issues and would be further explored. At the moment, the studio has come up with 3 new models that seem both feasible to build and structurally sound.

Model A:


Model B:


Model C:


Scaled Models

Once the studio reached 3 new designs that would work, the next phase of the design process has been to create 3 scaled models of each new proposal. The models are set to 1”=1’-0” and are going to be constructed as close to the actual grid shell as possible.

Model A: 4 anchor lines and a mixed grid pattern with ¼’ increments between 1’ and 2’. The grid is 41’ squared. Model A is currently under a further development that will explore a more subtle variation between the members of the structure.Model A Aerial

Model A Detail

Model B: 3 anchor line with a cantilever and a 1’6” grid pattern. The grid is 42’ squared.

Model B Aerial

Model B Detail

Model C: 3 anchor line with no cantilever and a 1’6” grid pattern. The grid is a 45’ X 30’ rectangle. Model C is currently under construction. Driling Holes in Wood Grid Finished 2

Model Construction ZOOM

Models B and C feature 1’6” grid spacing because that is the most economical spacing for the 12’ wood planks that the studio is using to construct the grid shell. The design will still be strong enough to create a stable structure, yet we won’t waste too much of our wood planks.  The next phase of the model making process will also explore a different technique for setting up the grid pattern since the models
were problematic largely due to its assembly.

Wood Joint ZOOM  Grid Finished


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