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Structure origami

Wooden cover of a gym hall

Professor: Yves Weinand

EPFL Bachelor V

December 2017

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Lucas Balet

Anthony Felber

Michael Göhring

Arnaud Pasche

Stéphanie Pitteloud

Raphaël Vouilloz

The third year structure project is given by the laboratory IBOIS (I-WOOD).
The program has to be a gym hall with a sports field and bleachers and the goal is to explore a structural system.

We imagined a wooden panel envelope inspired by origami folding. As our first idea, the shape emphasizes the asymmetry of the interior between the grounds and the bleachers. Structurally, this system frees both transverse sides from load-bearing stresses and thus allows two glass facades. The cover is self-supporting because it is completely constrained by its folds, as we have experienced in many models.
The construction concept consists of a single layer of load-bearing panels, which is covered by insulation and covering panels. The joints are made of mortise and tenon.

Such structural buildings were actually built by Professor Yves Weinand, such as the Saint-Loup chapel or the pavilion of the Vidy theatre.

The third year structure project is given by the laboratory IBOIS (I-WOOD).
The program has to be a gym hall with a sports field and bleachers and the goal is to explore a structural system.

We imagined a wooden panel envelope inspired by origami folding. As our first idea, the shape emphasizes the asymmetry of the interior between the grounds and the bleachers. Structurally, this system frees both transverse sides from load-bearing stresses and thus allows two glass facades. The cover is self-supporting because it is completely constrained by its folds, as we have experienced in many models.
The construction concept consists of a single layer of load-bearing panels, which is covered by insulation and covering panels. The joints are made of mortise and tenon.

Such structural buildings were actually built by Professor Yves Weinand, such as the Saint-Loup chapel or the pavilion of the Vidy theatre.

Structure origami
Structure origami : plan
Structure origami : drawings
Structure origami : details
Structure origami
Structure origami : 1 : 50 model
Structure origami : models

Photos : Michael Göhring

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