Vertical Net Structures | HENN 

“ Vertical Net Structures ” is a series of tall vertical towers models made by HENN and presented at the DRX 2013. The annual event took place from 22nd july to 13th september and was hosted by HENN architekten in Berlin,Germany.

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The focus on “ Vertical Net Structures ” was a continuation of HENN’s investigation into innovative structures for the design of high-rise buildings, which took place a year prior to DRX. The foundation for the event was to bring together innovators, architects and designers who would create models for original building projects and introduce them at this annual event.

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The aim of designing these high rised structures was to understand forces as vectors in order to develop 3-dimensional spatial nets. These systems or spatial skins were developed based on profound research in various areas such as high-rise structural systems, natural systems, lightweight structures as well as form-finding techniques. Throughout the DRX, these systems were further informed and transformed into highly constrained, feasible proposals for tall buildings.

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Driven by the increasing demand for super tall buildings in todays time there is a lot of development in making integral structures. The seminar and workshops held at the event not only addressed the new definitions of such structures, where defined interior spaces can be built through controlled articulation and can compromise the integrity of the system.

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Questions of structure, circulation and program distribution were also addressed in a prototypical building of approximately 450m height. This formed the project program for the high rise towers which were taken further by varied analytical approaches and design implications to model high-rise towers.

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The event concluded with an exhibition of scaled models along with renderings, floor plans and diagrams explaining the process of the computationally generated designs and a vision of building tall integral structures by merging today’s tools and technology.

By Parantap Bhatt

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