“In the beginning was the pneu.” Frei OttoMembranes strained by internal pressure are the basis of all live and nature’s... Read More
“In the beginning was the pneu.” Frei Otto
Membranes strained by internal pressure are the basis of all live and nature’s language of forms. In living nature soft parts stay as a bubble till their decay. Other parts harden after shaping, forming bending resistant, spatial structures – still maintaining the history of their finalization.
During the process of hardening the membranes tend to open up, leaving framework like systems. The form with the minimal surface / length occurs based on surface tension. The ideal partitioning of one space in smaller parts of the same size and minimal surface is a truncated cube octahedron with four-arm-knots and
The open-cell foam is the geometric basis of the resulting construction, with four-arm-knots and three-edge-arms. The partitioning based on minimal surfaces is shape giving.