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Learn how to create an Organic Roof Structure (Centre Pompidou Metz)

  • Rhino3d Grasshopper T-splines Kangaroo
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  • Play circleIntroduction - Course Overview

    03min 42seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the Structural Pattern - part 1

    14min 24seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the Structural Pattern - part 2

    05min 17seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the Structural Pattern - part 3

    16min 12seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the roof flat - part 1

    08min 09seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the roof flat - part 2

    11min 45seg

  • Play circle2D Pattern - Creating the roof flat - part 3

    07min 18seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Going from 2D to 3D

    02min 58seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Relaxing the Roof Shape using Kangaroo - part 1

    10min 00seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Relaxing the Roof Shape using Kangaroo - part 2

    05min 26seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Relaxing the Roof Shape using Kangaroo - part 3

    09min 42seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Relaxing the Roof Shape using Kangaroo - part 4

    08min 17seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Projecting the structural grid to the roof - part 1

    13min 55seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Projecting the structural grid to the roof - part 2

    21min 48seg

  • Play circle3D Roof - Generating the Beams

    14min 49seg

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Arie-Willem de Jongh

In this course, we’re going to model an organic roof structure to a schematic design level and for our reference project, we're going to use the Centre Pompidou in Metz from Shigeru Ban Architects. We’ll start by generating the pattern for the roof structure flat on the construction plane, and we'll show you the logic behind this unusual pattern using Grasshopper 3D.

Next up, we're going to model the roof shape, using a plugin for Rhino called T-splines. This plugin will allow us to model organic shapes more fast and accurate. When we've shaped the roof, we'll use Kangaroo, a physics engine plugin for Grasshopper, to relax the roof shape to a more natural form.

Once we have the final form of the roof, we'll jump back to our pattern we generated at the beginning of the course and project that pattern on the ceiling shape using Grasshopper again.

Finally, when we have our structural lines projected, we'll use Grasshopper to generate the structural beams and create the interwoven pattern of the structure.

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