Cell Wall: Resolving Geometrical Complexities in the Shanghai Nature Museum Iconic Wall

Jan 01, 2010

This article documents the research process for the design of a curtain wall with a complex, organic geometry. The article discusses problems and issues associated with transformation of organic geometry for the building envelope into a physical, fully-functional system that is able to withstand structural loads and environmental conditions. It tracks its development from concept design to construction drawings through all different options and their variations to the ultimate modular solution.

keywords: random organic patterns, tessellated patterns, polygonal mesh structures, solar sun-screens, triangular mesh window systems, voronoi shell structures

Marius Ronnett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
Abul Abdullah, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
Perkins+Will Research Journal
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