Structural Model is an analysis of the Eden Project by Grimshaw Architects completed in a group of two for a Structural Systems class.
A variety of materials and processes were used during construction of the model. First, a master copy of one of the joints for the tubular structure was crafted out of wood and used to make a silicone mold. This mold was used to cast 24 joints out of solder, a few of which were made with a second modified mold to make the bottom joints which were attached to the base. The cast joints were then used to assemble most ofthe structure along with aluminum tubes and soldered steel rod.
The large curved welded steel truss helped to provide overall strength for the model, and was attached securely to the base, which was CNC milled out of laminated pine. Rockite was cast into the base to form a section of the concrete foundation ring of the structure. Finally, a few of the plastic “pillows” were constructed by vacuum-forming thin acrylic sheet over a custom made form.
Professor B. Schneider
Collaborator: Melanie Weismiller