The HyperMembrane is a standard construction system for freeform and adaptable structures in architecture. It consists on a system of Physical and Digital elements able to generate multiple and non-predetermined shapes, modifiable regarding to different spatial, solar or energetic requirements.

 

The Physical System of the HyperMembrane is a shape-adaptable self-supporting structure, able to stand in different equilibrium position with regard to the programmatic requirements. It bases its formal articulation in:

  • the elastic properties of composite materials.

  • the shape of its beams and its capacity of deformation.

  • the differential local elongation of its compression members that produce global deformations in the hole structure (named actuators)

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The Digital System of the Hypermembrane is a digital tool that performs as virtual recreator of geometry variations within its material limits, and structural finite element validation for the proposed virtual morphologies. The triggering point for this digital design tool is the possibility to morphologically control an unlimited number of equilibrium positions of the HyperMembrane system based on the algorithmic relation that exists between the curvature achieved by the HyperMembrane System, and the differential elongation of its compression members.

 

Construction is one of the most traditional and less technified industries. Construction industry urgently needs to update its product. There is a very important lack of technification when compared to other building industries (aerospace, car, shiping...). This is an abnormal situation that generates important negative social and economic consequences (low quality of the product, high accident rate, lack of exportability, employment instability...). Construction industry needs support in research & development in order to be more competitive and integrated within the present world standards.

After this project is due we will provide the construction market with a totally industrialized and standardized constructive product for the erection of light-weight architectonic structures for short to long spans that need to reproduce free and complex geometry surfaces. The proposal also focuses in shape adaptation and reuse of a structure for different purposes (energetic, programmatic, cost reduction...)

In order to put into practice the innovative characteristics of the HyperMembrane system -elasticity, shape adaptability, algorithmic control, self-supporting strength in an unlimited number of equilibrium positions- the Hypermembrane project also covers research and development in other technological areas. More specifically the project will develop:

  • An adaptable self-supporting structure for architectonic purposes

  • A software for its geometrical design and structural validation

  • An industrialized manufacturing process based on thermoplastic composites putrusion

  • A feasible actuation system for adaptable structures based on mechatronic technologies