The Main Idea!
When it comes to design special and unique, there are much more accuracy and details have to be considered in order. One of the biggest steps forward is to know what you think could be real. There are lots of ways to design fluent and construct efficient. Integrated Engineering is our way as a background attitude on facing this issue. As it can provide a high range of relativity and proportioned scenarios between parameters, we try to define it for a better (integrated) responding to the path through. Mostly those projects have been designed by greater innovations and creativity which all need to have an adaptation process toward construction are great to face for high level of solutions. One of the greatest kinds of these projects are free forms. Free forms are actually challenges for designers to design optimized, for analyzer to check the behavior and for contractors to construct because of high accuracy needed. One of major steps is form finding and optimization which should be defined from the beginning.
In our experience it almost required 7 or 8 layers of optimization from form finding, meshing and smoothing, lengths and angles, extreme heights of each module, horizontal, vertical and torsion of links between nodes, area and much more. One of the greatest criteria can effects on these optimization layers is Node Design which is the most advanced part of engineering process on free forms. Lots of experiences from huge firms like Mero Structures (http://www.mero-structures.com) showed us the importance of Nodes. One of the best categorized solutions on Node Designing is related to Mero which defines 12 different types of Nodes from geometry to how they welded which can be followed in high range of designs.
The main idea of Caddisfly is actually to make the process of Node design algorithmically and we are spreading this idea to the whole scenario as mentioned from design the base form, analyze, optimization and toward Node models and typology control for CNC producing. There might be some phases to cover the story but in this case for our first step and phase#1, a basic node designer is just now ready to create special constructions.
The project in the pictures above is related to Ava-Center Project Skylight (The main project is designed by Fluid Motion Architects), located in Tehran, Iran and the team worked together are:
– Design and form optimization by Ardaena
– Constructed (Nodes & Structure) by Alusys Facade Co.
– Nodes and Structure Calculations by Mr. OmidAli Samavati