New Design and Fabrication Methods for Freeform Stone Vaults Based on Ruled Surfaces

  • Matthias Rippmann
  • Philippe Block


Thin concrete and steel grid shells show elegantly how shell design is used for contemporary freeform architecture. Their natural beauty is coupled to an inherent efficiency due to minimal bending, result from their good structural form. Thanks to digital form finding tools, streamlined planning processes and automated fabrication, the technical and economic difficulties to design and build those structures, especially grid shells, decreased significantly [1].


Digital Design Machine Setup Machine Configuration Digital Fabrication Rule Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Rippmann
    • 1
  • Philippe Block
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Technology in ArchitectureETH ZurichSwitzerland

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