Publication: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)
Publication Type: Conference Proceedings
Conference Location: Cincinnati, Ohio.
Article Title: Underwood Pavilion
Authors: Andrew John Wit, Gernot Riether
Publication Date: October, 2015
Page Number: 160-163.
Abstract: The Underwood Pavilion was designed and built by Professor Gernot Riether's and Andrew Wit's Digital Design Build Studio at Ball State University. The pavilion was developed to create a new destination in the post-industrial landscape of Muncie, Indiana and was part in the cities local art fair. The parametric tensegrity structure, made from 56 lightweight, self-shading modules of Elastan fabric, provides visitors with refuge from the sun and framed views of the surrounding landscape. The Underwood Pavilion's modules were developed from a variation of a 3strut tensegrity module. Varying the distance between the upper face and the lower face while varying the scale between the upper face and lower face of the module was used to inform different curvatures of a tensegrity aggregate causing the aggregate to twist in different directions. To determine a specific curvature necessary for a dome like enclosure the structural simulation engines Rhino Membrane and Kangaroo were essential tools in the form finding process of the pavilion's structure.