Morphology of Reciprocal Frame Three-Dimensional Grillage Structures

by John C. Chilton, Univ of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom,
Ban Seng Choo, Univ of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom,
Jia Yu, Univ of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures

Abstract: This paper is an introduction to the morphology of structures using the Reciprocal Frame (also known as Mandala Dach in Germany) which is a patented three-dimensional beam grillage structural system currently used primarily in roof construction. The principle of the Reciprocal Frame (RF) system is described and some of the varied geometries that are attainable using the principle are explored. Finally, some alternative methods of cladding the basic configuration are proposed and some architectural possibilities are discussed.

Subject Headings: Frames | Geometrics | Roofs | Beams | Architecture | Construction management | Cladding | Germany | Europe

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