2010 Nested Catenaries Prototype Oslo Norway

Design: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel. Master Mason: Øyvind Buset, Oslo, Norway.

Design and Construction Team: Linda Blaasvaer, Mattis Fosse, Marine Giller, Esa Hotanen, Torstein Hågensen-Drønen, Johnbosco Mulwana, Emanuel Ssinabulya, Simen C Lennertzen, Daniela Puga, Joakim Hoen, Rikard Jaucis, Eva Johansson, John Pantzar, Oda Forstrøm, Maximilian Hartinger, Fabian Onneken, Leonard Steidle, Nikolaos Magouliotis, Andre Severin Johansen

Industry Sponsors: Byggutengrenser, Wienerberger, Weber and Einar Stange

Acknowledgements: special thanks for support to Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel, Prof. Dr. Birger R. Sevaldson, Prof. Dr. Remo Pedreschi, Dr. Jane Burry, Dr. Chris Williams, Daniel Davis, Daniel Piker.

Form-finding Nested Catenaries 1

The first Nested Catenaries prototype aimed at exploring some of the heretofore unexplored potentials of catenary arch arrangements, focusing on a spatially organized network of interacting Catenaries. The aim was to accomplish an undulating wall made from nested catenaries. Methodologically the research employed a combination of physical form-finding experiments with hanging chains, digital parametric and associative modelling, and 1:1 tests. The form-finding processes proceeded in an iterative manner progressing from a single chain towards arrangements of interaction chains.

Digital registration of the physical form-finding experiments was enabled by the use of a mechanical digitizer and photometric readings. The digital form-finding process and model was developed in Rhino3D and the Grasshopper Kangaroo physics engine.

The prototype covered a floor area of approx. 8000 x 2000 mm reaching 2500 mm high at its highest point.

Centring of Nested Catenaries 1
Photography: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, 2010.
Photography: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, 2010.
Photography: Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel, 2010.
Photography: Michael Hensel, 2010.