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CONCRETE SKELETONS

The potential of concrete is endless. Find out how a team of architectural students take the medium into a new and thrilling design space with their project, ‘Augmented Skin’. Could this be the architectural solution of the 21st century?

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Augmented Skin

A team of graduates from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London have developed a thrilling new experimental technique for creating affordable, complex building components. “Augmented Skin” is an architectural technique that involves wrapping intersecting sticks in a stretchy fabric skin to cast concrete.

Augmented Skin

It’s All About Collaboration

Using digital simulation software, the team (Kazushi Miyamoto, Youngseok Doo and Theodora Maria Moudatsou under the tutorship of Daniel Widrig, Stefan Bassing and Soomeen Hahm) optimised the shape and structural strength of the castings by studying the arrangement of the sticks.
The result is startlingly beautiful and could be the answer to design concerns of the future. Components can be cast in lengthy strings, known as “stands”. These strands could be applied architecturally to create skeletal-like beams and columns.

Endless Possibility

With the flexibility in design, the potential of Augmented Skin seems endless. "The main advantage of the manufacturing process is flexibility of design and the mould," Miyamoto explained. "The flexible strand component is able to generate seamless and intricate shapes and space. By altering the size and density of internal sticks we can control the flexibility of detail as well."

Where to From here?

According to Miyamoto, Augmented Skin has a great deal of design possibilities. He and his team can confirm from their material research that the technique works well for furniture designs, but further research and testing is needed for large-scale architectural projects.

Want to Know More?

Would you like to know more about Augmented Skin? Take a look at Kazushi Miyamoto’s online portfolio, where he goes into greater detail regarding the technicalities of the project.

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