Bamboo Stalactite in Venice, Italy
The "Bamboo Stalactite" is a project representing Vietnam at the 16th edition of the Venice Biennale for Architecture. La Biennale di Architettura di Venezia is an international exhibition held every 2 years in Venice (Italy), in which architects from all over the world participate, presenting their projects.
|Investor||Biennale di Venezia|
|Structural Design||Ergodomus Timber Engineering|
|Architectural Design||Vo Trong Nghia (VTN) architects|
The way the bamboo is worked, folded, and tied gives the installation its particular shape, with a high aesthetic impact and great solidity, without using nails.
It is a temporary bamboo building located in the Venetian Arsenal, with a floor plan shape that fits in a rectangle of 14.30 x 27.50 m, reaching a maximum height of 6 m. The stalactite-like structure is made up of a series of modules with a rhombic covering, whose load-bearing structure is made up of two bamboo struts that are locked in place on a steel plate, where two tubular elements are welded.
Wind is the governing action affecting the structure. The action was calculated assuming a partially opaque surface, as the "Bamboo Stalactite" is composed of a lattice consisting of bamboo members. Concrete ballasts hold back the wind's vertical and horizontal action. Since the structure has no foundation, the supports on the ground are defined as non-reactive to tension.
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In this article, the adequacy of a 2x4 dimension lumber subject to combined bi-axial bending and axial compression is verified using RF-/TIMBER AWC add-on module. The beam-column properties and loading are based on example E1.8 of AWC Structural Wood Design Examples 2015/2018.
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