Abstract Title

Tw[Ice]

Abstract

TW-ICE, a self-supporting ice pavilion, explores the relationship between form and force. Developing a form with a sense of interiority derived from a structure abiding by the physical constraints of ice, which only acts in compression, guided the design process. The resulting cone form is one that effectively distributes the self-load of the ice shell to the base. The study explores form finding methods and an innovative construction method employed to form scalloping panels and a natural parabolic arch at the intersection to contribute to the structural integrity. The project is a second iteration of a design built for the previous competition, focusing the improvements on the shaping of the oculus, the number of intersections, and the materials chosen. A mixture of water and cellulose was sprayed on the soft framework and frozen into ice. Once the ice shell formed, the columns and ropes were removed resulting in a self-supporting shell structure.

Modified Abstract

TW-ICE, a self-supporting ice pavilion, explores the relationship between form and force. Developing a form with a sense of interiority derived from a structure abiding by the physical constraints of ice, which only acts in compression, guided the design process. The resulting cone form is one that effectively distributes the self-load of the ice shell to the base. The study explores form finding methods and an innovative construction method employed to form scalloping panels and a natural parabolic arch at the intersection to contribute to the structural integrity.

Research Category

Architecture

Author Information

Fred WolfeFollow

Primary Author's Major

Architecture

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Rui

Liu

Mentor #2 Information

Mark

Mistur

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Architectural Engineering | Architectural Technology | Architecture | Other Architecture

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Tw[Ice]

TW-ICE, a self-supporting ice pavilion, explores the relationship between form and force. Developing a form with a sense of interiority derived from a structure abiding by the physical constraints of ice, which only acts in compression, guided the design process. The resulting cone form is one that effectively distributes the self-load of the ice shell to the base. The study explores form finding methods and an innovative construction method employed to form scalloping panels and a natural parabolic arch at the intersection to contribute to the structural integrity. The project is a second iteration of a design built for the previous competition, focusing the improvements on the shaping of the oculus, the number of intersections, and the materials chosen. A mixture of water and cellulose was sprayed on the soft framework and frozen into ice. Once the ice shell formed, the columns and ropes were removed resulting in a self-supporting shell structure.