The design, development and construction of a digitally fabricated reciprocal timber structure

Agustin Dieste, Remo Pedreschi, Cristina Nan

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Abstract / Description of output

The design, development and construction of a reciprocal timber structure is pre- sented. The design follows Friedrich Zollinger’s lamella roof of the 1920s. However, by using digital fabrication and high-quality plywood, a new nodal connection is presented. The connec- tion uses a single mechanical fixing, yet provides a highly rigid joint that can be easily assem- bled and dis-assembled. The system was used in the design and fabrication of a temporary roof as part of the London Design Fair in 2016. It was located on the roof terrace of the Truman Brewery in London, which posed a number of challenging constraints. All parts were fabricated in the workshops of the University of Edinburgh and the roof was installed in one day by a team from the university. The system has been shown to be robust and flexible in application.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture. A Viable Urban Perspective?
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2022), July 6-8, 2022, Aalborg, Denmark
EditorsMarie Frier Hvejsel, Paulo J.S. Cruz
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780367902810
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings in Structures and Architecture
ISSN (Print)2643-6698
ISSN (Electronic)2643-6701

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • structure
  • Timber
  • Gridshell
  • digital fabrication


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