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Responsive Parametric Building Free Forms Determined by Their Elastically Transformed Steel Shell Roofs
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Parametric Creative Design of Building Free-Forms Roofed with Transformed Shells Introducing Architect’s and Civil Engineer’s Responsible Artistic Concepts

Rzeszow University of Technology, Department of Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics, Al. Powstańców Warszawy 12, 35-959, Rzeszów, Poland
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Buildings 2019, 9(3), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9030058
Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 2 March 2019 / Accepted: 3 March 2019 / Published: 6 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsive Architecture)
The article concerns a parametric description of unconventional building forms roofed with folded sheeting transformed elastically into shells. The description supports the designer in the search for attractive forms and a rational use of materials. The adoption of strictly defined sets of initial parameters determines the diversification of the designed architectural free-forms. An impact of selected proportions between these parameters on these forms is illustrated by an example of a single structure. Folded elevations and a segmented shell roof make each such structure internally coherent and externally sensitive. The mutual position and proportions of the shape of all elements, such as the roof, eaves, and façades, along with regular patterns in the same structure, determine this consistency of its form and sensitivity to harmonious incorporation into the natural or built environments. The study is a new insight into shaping free-forms of buildings in which the modern and ecological materials determine the important shape and mechanical limitations of these forms. With a skillful approach, the materials allow their extensive use in buildings. However, various interdisciplinary problems related to architectural shaping of free-forms and static and strength work thin-walled shell sheeting roofs must be solved. For effective design it is necessary to use relevant software applications, where spatial reasoning is crucial for ordering the three-dimensional space by means of simplified engineering models. View Full-Text
Keywords: building free-form structure; corrugated shell roof; architectural form; thin-walled open profile; shape transformation; folded sheet; steel construction building free-form structure; corrugated shell roof; architectural form; thin-walled open profile; shape transformation; folded sheet; steel construction
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Abramczyk, J.; Prokopska, A. Parametric Creative Design of Building Free-Forms Roofed with Transformed Shells Introducing Architect’s and Civil Engineer’s Responsible Artistic Concepts. Buildings 2019, 9, 58.

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