Photography: Dennis Lo Designs 2012

 

Shell Star

PROJECT | Shell Star: Prototyping Public Space

PLACE | HONG KONG

DATE | 2012

COLLABORATORS | ANDREW KUDLESS (MATSYS) + RICCI WONG (ARTLAB)

ENGINEERING | SOM

MATERIALS | POLYPROPYLENE CORRUGATED PLASTIC SHEET + ZIP-TIES

The Shell Star Pavilion is designed to provide an exciting shelter for participants during the Detour 2012 festival. The pavilion’s star shape references both the nearby sea and the 5-petal flower of the bauhinia blakeana orchid tree, the iconic symbol featured on Hong Kong’s flag. The design seeks to create an innovative, dynamic, and iconic temporary structure for use during the 2-week festival. The pavilion is designed using cutting edge digital modeling, simulation, and fabrication tools. Based on the concept of a purely compressive structure developed by architects and engineers such as Antonio Guadi, Frei Otto, and Felix Candela, the Shell Star Pavilion can be made from a minimum of thin material while covering a large area. The pavilion is the product of an emergent process that combines form, material, and performance into one integrated whole.

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Computation

Analysis

Displacement/Stress simulation on Karamba GH3D by David Shook, PE, LEED AP Associate (SOM) 

Displacement/Stress simulation on Karamba GH3D by David Shook, PE, LEED AP Associate (SOM) 

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Construction

Construction sequence plan.

Construction sequence plan.

First stages of on-site construction: Assembling the Shell Star sections.

First stages of on-site construction: Assembling the Shell Star sections.

Post-Analysis

 
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3D Scan using Faro 3D Scanner by TopconHK No. of Points : 170 Million  No. of Set-ups : 10 Scanner : FARO FOCUS3D Scanning Time : 1.5 hrs  Data Processing : ~15 minutes Avg. Pt. Spacing : ~5 mm

3D Scan using Faro 3D Scanner by TopconHK

No. of Points : 170 Million 
No. of Set-ups : 10
Scanner : FARO FOCUS3D
Scanning Time : 1.5 hrs 
Data Processing : ~15 minutes
Avg. Pt. Spacing : ~5 mm