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1 / 13 detail of the membrane 薄膜細部

zoo pavilion | 大連馬戲團

Year | 年份: 2012
Status | 狀態: completed | 建成
Location | 地點: Dalian, Liaoning, China | 中國,遼寧,大連

Type | 類型: structure | 結構
Program | 類型: public | 公共
Size | 規模: 5,000 sqm | 5,000 平米
Client | 業主: dalian zoo | 大連市動物園

Team | 團隊: Chen Chen (陳忱), Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Dong (劉動)

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2 / 13 bird view 鳥瞰

The Circus Pavilion for Dalian Zoo is the result of a collaboration between reMIX studio and Dalian UD Institute.
Our main tasks included:
- the geometric definition of the external and internal membrane
- the optimization of the roof structure
- the design of the access points
- the modeling of the adjacent topography.



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3 / 13 phylogenesis 系統發生

The institute decided the location of the pavilion within the park and the general interior layout. We were given a simple 3d model of the maximum envelope and were asked to propose an integral solution for the skin and the envelope structure.


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4 / 13 bird view 鳥瞰

We believe in the possibility of combining a performative parametric approach and an intentional "handcrafted" design. Thus we explored a hybrid dialectics, in which the endless generative capacity of an algorithm, with its otherwise hardly achievable geometric precision, and the singularity of some punctual design moves, that can strongly influence the spatial quality and personal experience of the building, become a seamless dynamic assemblage.


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5 / 13 phylogenesis 形體生成過程

Through a process of phylogenesis*, we studied different geometrical systems: initial basic patterns were expanded three-dimensionally and tested in their structural performance. The physical possibilities of our intervention relied in the combination of an optimized and yet dynamic structure and the implicit material properties of the membrane.


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6 / 13 final prototype: geometric optimisation 最終版模型:形體優化

Through a constant feedback loop between geometric expressivity and structural performance, cost and construction-related evaluations we pre-selected two prototypes: the first one relied only on planar surfaces, the second on double curvature faces.


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7 / 13 general plan and elevations 平面圖和立面圖

We finally opted for the latter, as it allowed us to exploit the intrinsic elasticity of the membrane, through the control of its stress thresholds, and generate multiple relationships with the structure through different elements of compression and traction.


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8 / 13 general sections 剖面圖

* Phylogenesis defines the analytical study of the properties of an element within a series, its substantial characteristics, its constant traits and anomalies: in sum, it defines the material performances and the physical morphological and behavioral limits of a certain population in an evolutionary logic.


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9 / 13 mockup construction 建造測試
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10 / 13 structure under construction 施工過程中的主結構
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11 / 13 construction process 施工過程
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12 / 13 construction process 施工過程
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13 / 13 view from the main axis 中軸線視角