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Geodesic Shell Pavilion Configurator

Geodesic shell pavilion is a research and educational project developed at the Department of Architecture and Digital Design Center, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The aim of the project is to enable students without previous 3D and parametric skills to design and fabricate complex pavilion shapes. For this reason, we create Geodesic shell 3D Configurator.

Instructions for creating geodesic shell with 3D configurator :

Geodesic pavilion 3d Configurator

Create simple horizontal mesh which can be used for creating pavilion floorplan. Create close curves that intersect mesh. Curves will be used for locating pavilion openings. Export mesh to .obj file. If you are using Rhino, use following parameters from the illustration for exporting to .obj. Export curves to dxf files. Upload mesh and curves to the 3D pavilion configurator and play with geodesic curve patterns.

In this 3d viewer you can see how shape of Geodesic pavilion is created. Through its shape,  pavilion is designed to carry loading as efficiently as possible, resulting in an efficient, selfsupporting structure, able to span large distances using minimum material input

You can use this small 3d configurator tool to create you own subdivided mesh. 

For the advanced digital form-finding experiments you can use subdivided mesh from the previous 3d configurator, create additional holes and openings with the curve, as it is shown on the image. However, you have to be careful with number of polygons due to limited computation time in cloud. It is recommended to use mesh with less than 100 polygons.

Self-supported shape

Project is supported by:

ShapeDiver–  web3D parametric design platform

Fologram, mixed reality experience app

Digital Design Center, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

Idea Lab, University of Novi Sad