BamX

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Concept
BamX is a novel type of lightweight structure that combines principles from segmented shells, elastic gridshells and basket weaving into their design. The proposed approach is based on the gradual interconnection of compact-to-volumetric cylindrical gridshell components using weaving techniques. The integrity of these structures relies significantly on the interconnection of components, as any disruption in material continuity can greatly impact the overall stability of the system. This method results in a robust, bending-active segmented shell that maintains material continuity throughout the structure.
Innovation and Impact
BamX showcases both the structural and aesthetic potentials of elastic structures while emphasizing the significance of sustainable materials in architecture. Each research demonstrator built under this initiative illustrates the potential for merging traditional materials with modern computational design and simple fabrication techniques. Through these projects, we aim to inspire future architectural applications of bamboo, advancing environmental sustainability and fostering innovative construction methods.