Space Frames and Polyhedra

by J. François Gabriel, Syracuse Univ Sch of Architecture, Syracuse, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures

Abstract: Polyhedra are easy to build and they can be useful as architectural matrices. Relatively small polyhedra can be built as faceted structures; very large ones can be built with space frames. There is a family of polyhedra whose geometry is congruent with space frames. These polyhedra are of particular interest to architects because they can form clusters (or infinite structures), which lend themselves to the design of large and complex buildings. Structurally, space frames are the ideal means for the actualization of these polyhedra. Space frames can also be the means to organize the interior spaces within, i.e., the architectural spaces.

Subject Headings: Space frames | Building design | Space structures | Matrix (mathematics) | Geometrics | Structural design | Space construction

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