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Exploring the qualities of steam displayed how light travels through which created interesting visuals.


Wind analysis

wind analysis


Using Ecotect and Vasari, wind analysis could be taken from the 3D model created.  Utilising the river and the immediate water around the site can be used for naturally cooling the building etc. The following can be explored with the proposed massing:


  • How to mass and orient the building to minimize unwanted “canyoning” effects where wind is accelerated by being channeled between buildings, often along pedestrian walkways?
  • How to design courtyards so people can enjoy appropriately sheltered outdoor spaces?
  • What site elements like walls, trees, and landscaping can help improve the wind flow patterns of the site?
  • A basic understanding of where to place openings to get the most out of cross ventilation.
  • Roughly estimate the impact of wind on pedestrian comfort and pressure distribution on structures

Sunlight analysis



Due to the high density and height of the buildings in canary wharf, shading becomes an issue when building within. The analysis suggests it would be more beneficial building around the periphery of canary wharf.


Tensegrity form exploration

Tensegrity form exploration was carried out through 3ds max. Linking the struts up to a slider helper, using wired paramenters, and creating a spline that connects the endpoints of each struct to the apex point allowed for a realistic model of tensegrity to be modeled.



The railway as an energy source

Technologies currently being adapted, including thermoelectric generators, have the opportunity to ‘mop up’ waste heat produced by trains. By exploiting temperature gradient between 2 sides of the generator, a voltage can be produced within a thermoelectric generator. This energy source has the potential to provide a sustainable resource of energy, and contribute towards the adaptive facade system.

Other methods of harnessing the wasted energy produced by trains are described here


Tensegrity Robotic Structural Skin

Further research form Orambra using tensegrity as a structural form, using electrical current to create a dynamic system.



The ultra lightweight structural system currently being researched by Orambra (mentioned in an earlier post), uses tensegrity for it structural form. The form is based on 3 connections from one end to another to support itself in a lightweight manner. It works through tension, torsion and tensile strength. This flexible system may not necessarily be suitable for a completely self reliant structural system, but could potentially be used for a facade/ form idea.

The system was modelled below, with three individual groups transforming into one tower.


Ultra lightweight structural system

Orambra are in the midst of developing structural systems that integrate responsive technologies within the structural frame. The resulting lightweight structure that produce new urban forms will reduced construction materiality, potentially improve sustainable building practices. These building actively adapt to the natural environment to improve the way people live.

The implementation of this structural system within the project opens possibilities of lightweight adaptable forms within the urban environment.