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TENSILE STRUCTURES

Rhode Island School of Design

 

The project explores adaptability, action and reaction of interrelated mechanisms within a system. A tensile skin becomes more or less tense due to its relationship with the movement of the organic-like structures that exist in between the ‘empty’ spaces of the skin.

 

There is an independent mechanism that controls the aperture of each structure that pulls or pushes the skin to achieve the ideal tensile tautness. The fabric skin becomes the communicating element between these independent structures, and so their movement begins to affect one another.

 

In future iterations, this project would explore the effects of airflow within a space related to the different apertures of the structures. Structure size and its aperture would allow different quantities of air flow, which would also be related to its position within the architectural space.