Fabric – Material research
Fabric formwork for concrete structure and architecture Spring 2015
Fabric formwork uses a Flexible textile membrane in place of the rigid formwork materials usually used in concrete construction.
Image 02 When wet concrete is contained by a thin formwork membrane, the flexible fabric container deflects into a repertoire of precise tension geometries. This produces naturally efficient structural curves, unprecedented sculptural forms, and extraordinary surface finishes. Fabric formworks can be used to form columns, walls, beams, trusses, slabs, panels, and thin-shell structures in both precast and insitu construction. Due to the great efficiency of tension membrane formworks, the formwork itself is extraordinarily light.
Fabric manipulation techniques were used to give façade its form. Casting was performed and the results were extraordinary.