KnitCandela wins Peopleβs Choice at #AZAwards 2019 for Temporary & Experiential Installations.
@AZUREmagazineβs AZ Awards recognise excellence and innovation within worldβs best projects, products and ideas. Selected by the public for this yearβs award, KnitCandela is a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on ultra-lightweight knitted formwork.
Installed at @MUAC_UNAM #MexicoCity, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by @ZHCODE that pays homage to the architect & engineer #FΓ©lixCandelaβreimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology.
KnitCrete is a material-saving & cost-effective knitted formwork system to cast double-curved geometries in concrete. Developed at @ethzurich by @blockresearchgroup in collaboration with Swiss #nccrdfab, KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds. KnitCandelaβs thin, double-curved concrete shell with a surface area of almost 50 sq.m and weighing more than 5 tonnes, was applied on a KnitCrete formwork of only 55 kg. The knitted fabric of the formwork system was carried to Mexico from Switzerland in just two suitcases.
Designed to be constructed within a tight schedule, restricted space and minimal budget, KnitCandela demonstrates the rapid evolution of digital design & fabrication to the challenges faced by the construction industry, integrating digital fabrication with the skills of traditional craftsmanship and construction methods.
#ArchitectureExtrapolated (R-Ex) managed KnitCandelaβs construction as part of its work integrating digital technologies in building trades in #Mexico. .