Updates on our Burning Man projects

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After a long day of work with Chris Ingram, Dan Dodds and Thanasis Korras yesterday, we have nearly finished 3D modelling the two projects. The Fractal Cult was redrawn using rules defined by the hinge connection suggested by Ramboll. There are 5 different types of piece that make up each of the four fractal cults. Extracts from the rules as specified by Dan Dodds and Thanasis Korras:

  • The Acute angles on all triangles all have bolt holes with an offset of 32mm
  • The Obstuse angles all have bolt holes with an offset of 22mm

For each Fractal Cult pods:

  • 12x   Large AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]       : Side length 1241mm
  • 18x   Medium AOO [Acute,Obtuse,Obtuse] : Side length 608mm
  • 9x     Medium AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]   : Side length 591mm
  • 54x   Small AOO [Acute,Obtuse,Obtuse]      : Side length 283mm
  • 108x Small AAO [Acute,Actute,Obtuse]        : Side length 266mm

See iimages below:

View of the 3D model of Fractal Cult
View of the 3D model of Fractal Cult
Offset Ply Model on Grasshopper by Dan Dodds
Offset Ply Model on Grasshopper by Dan Dodds
CNC Layout for Quote - Fractal Cult - Dan Dodds
CNC Layout for Quote – Fractal Cult – Dan Dodds
Hinge specification defining the rules for the parametric model
Hinge specification defining the rules for the parametric model
The Module being repeated for the 3d model with hinges
The Module being repeated for the 3d model with hinges by Thanasis Korras
View of the hinges in the module
View of the hinges in the module by Thanasis Korras
Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras
Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras
Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras
Hinged model of triangle by Thanasis Korras

The Shipwreck now has more support on the ground which will help with the cantilever. The supports being more pronounced, we used this as an opportunity to create a bench. We are planning to finish the fabrication files this afternoon. We are still missing some notches, thickness as well as labelling and unrolling all the pieces.

Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck ribs and spines
Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Aerial View - Showing the new bench
Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Aerial View – Showing the new bench
Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Side View
Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Side View
Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Front View
Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Front View
Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Back View
Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Back View
Shipwreck - Work in Progress - Back View
Shipwreck – Work in Progress – Back View

Updates on Burning Man – Fractal Cult and Shipwreck

Hello! Couple technical updates on our Burning Man Projects for the team, donators and potential collaborators:

  • We have developed the structure, geometry and details of the two projects with the help of Ramboll Computational Design (RCD). See drawings and analysis below.
  • We have signed the contract with Burning Man and received the first grant payment 20 of us are signed in to go.
  • We have sent our first fabrication files to get an initial quote on CNC milling all the pieces on 2440mm x 1220mm exterior grade plywood sheets of 9mm (for Fractal Cult) and 3mm (For Shipwreck). Our hope is to collect the pieces on the 19th August.
  • We will start small models to test the new structures
  • The Shipwreck now has a parametric model which outputs all the cutting profiles.

Please help us continue the work, even £10 helps – Donate Now

You can also comment on this page to make suggestions on the fabrication – We need more quotes for the CNC and/or Laser cutting job in the U.S. West Coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Fresno, Reno preferably) . We also need quotes for the scaffolding structure.

Stephen Melville of Ramboll RCD sketch for the Shipwreck structure
Stephen Melville of Ramboll RCD sketch for the Shipwreck structure
Shipwreck - Looking at different Versions with Parametric model
Shipwreck – Looking at different Versions with Parametric model
Shipwreck - Looking at different Versions with Parametric model
Shipwreck – Looking at different Versions with Parametric model
Shipwerck - Low View
Shipwerck – Low View
ShipWreck View from above
ShipWreck View from above
Current Profiles for Shipwreck
Current Profiles for Shipwreck
Current Laser cut Profiles for Fractal Cult
Current Laser cut Profiles for Fractal Cult
Hinged Connection for Fractal Cult by Thanasis Korras with Ramboll
Hinged Connection for Fractal Cult by Thanasis Korras with Ramboll
Ramboll's suggestion for Fractal Cult's Scafolding structure
Ramboll’s suggestion for Fractal Cult’s Scafolding structure
Fractal Cult Build Plan
Fractal Cult Build Plan
Fractal Cult Build Plan
Fractal Cult Build Plan
Ramboll Ground Reaction Wind Analysis
Ramboll Ground Reaction Wind Analysis

Updates on Burning Man

Toby and I are happy to introduce our engineers for the Burning Man projects: Harri Lewis and Stephen Melville from Ramboll Computational Design (RCD). We had our first meeting this morning (with Georgia and Thanasis) in our DS10 studio. Couple updates:

We are working on the best construction sequence for the two projects as well as the structural analysis diagrams (defining the size and amount of ground anchors) to receive the first part of the Burning Man grant. We will start booking our plane tickets very soon, DS10 people please make sure to confirm your attendance!!

The Fractal Cult (abstract) will have a thicker sub-structure which will transfer the loads of the cantilevers all the way down to a solid base anchored to the ground. The junctions could be similar to the Trada pavillion by RCD with hinges as well as notches.

For Shipwreck (abstract)we are exploring two options: Sectioning the hull with planar timber sheets or using a series of smaller members that would be laminated directly on fixed “ribs”.

More info very soon.

Harri Lewis and Stephen Melville in the DS10 studio showing an option for the Shipwreck’s curved beams (model by Philip Hurrel).
Stephen Melville and Harri Lewis from Ramboll RCD.
Stephen Melville and Harri Lewis from Ramboll RCD.
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Shipwreck by Georgia-Rose Collard-Watson, the “ribs” holding the strips.
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!
Work in Progress!

Couple projects from Ramboll Computational Design:

Trada Pavilion RCD Ramboll
Trada Pavilion RCD Ramboll
KREOD by Pavilion Architecture is a reciprocal timber gridshell (with RCD  and Evolute)
KREOD by Pavilion Architecture is a reciprocal timber gridshell (with RCD and Evolute)
Belvedere Tree (a DJ booth for Chromeo in NY)
Belvedere Tree (a DJ booth for Chromeo in NY)

Belvedere Tree in action with Chromeo:

Stephen Melville presenting the Astana Presidential Library facade rationalization  (with BIG)