Philippe Block awarded the Rössler Prize !

Philippe Block awarded the Rössler Prize !

Extraordinary and economical: civil engineer and architect Philippe Block develops novel ways of building for the architecture of tomorrow. He has now been awarded the Rössler Prize for his work  …. Read more
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Philippe Block heeft de Rössler-prijs gewonnen !

Buitengewoon en economisch: burgerlijk ingenieur en architect
Philippe Block ontwikkelt nieuwe manieren om te bouwen aan de
architectuur van morgen. Hij heeft nu de Rössler-prijs gekregen voor
zijn werk. Lees meer [Bron Hoch Part Erre] & ETH Zürich
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PHILIPPE BLOCK REÇOIT LE PRIX RÖSSLER
L’ETH remercie le professeur belge d’architecture et de structure Philippe Block du prix Rössler, rendu possible grâce à un don du mathématicien Max Rössler. Chaque année depuis 2009  ETH Zürich  and …  Lire plus. [Source Hoch Part Erre]
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By the way, NCCR Director Philippe Block awarded the Berlin Art Prize in Architecture

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Foto’s ~ Photos

credit Michel Block © copyright 2018

Making of the concrete and 3D-printed funicular floor prototypes, part of the “Beyond Bending – Learning from the past to design a better future” exhibition by Block Research Group – ETH Zurich, Ochsendorf DeJong & Block, and The Escobedo Group for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Alejandro Aravena.

BEYOND THE SLAB II

Inspired by historical tile vaults, contemporary fabrication methods move beyond masonry to create new design possibilities for ribbed vaults. Uninhibited by traditional fabrication constraints, novel structural form-finding and optimisation methods can result in more efficient geometry in compression. The compressive vaults thrust outward on the supports, which are stabilized by tension ties. As with their historical predecessors, such vaults demonstrate significant savings in weight and environmental impact compared to conventional concrete slabs.

Concrete Shell Floor

This 2 cm-thick shell in unreinforced concrete follows the structural principles of the historical tile vault. Activating compressive shell action in the vault while externalising tension with ties can result in savings of over 70% of concrete compared to a typical floor slab in bending. The complex geometry requires an expensive, two-sided mould. However, this is cost effective for repeated units and multiple casts. Structural optimisation is combined with innovative concrete casting to create dramatic material savings in construction.

3D-Printed Floor

New possibilities in 3D printing enable the fabrication of complex structures and components at competitive cost. With well-designed compression shapes that have low stresses, the formal freedom offered by such exciting digital fabrication technologies can be fully exploited. Like Robert Maillart’s pioneering three-hinged concrete bridges, this printed floor is discretised to control the compressive force flow for all loading cases. Such prefabricated components are opening new possibilities in the challenge to enclose space.

Credits:

CONCRETE FLOOR
David Pigram and Block Research Group, ETH Zurich – Tomás Méndez Echenagucia, Andrew Liew, Nick Krouwel, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

3D-PRINTED FLOOR
Block Research Group, ETH Zurich – Matthias Rippmann, Ursula Frick, Andrew Liew, Tom Van Mele, Philippe Block

FILMING
David Pigram / concrete
Matthias Rippmann and Ursula Frick / 3D-printed

EDITING
Anna Maragkoudaki

SUPPORTED BY
ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture
NCCR Digital Fabrication

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Making of the Armadillo Vault, the centrepiece of the “Beyond Bending – Learning from the past to design a better future” exhibition by Block Research Group – ETH Zurich, Ochsendorf DeJong & Block, and The Escobedo Group for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Alejandro Aravena.

Credits:

STRUCTURAL DESIGN & ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY
Block Research Group, ETH Zurich – Philippe Block, Tom Van Mele, Matthias Rippmann, Edyta Augustynowicz, Cristián Calvo Barentin, Tomás Méndez Echenagucia, Mariana Popescu, Andrew Liew, Anna Maragkoudaki, Ursula Frick, Nick Krouwel

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Ochsendorf DeJong & Block – John Ochsendorf, Matthew DeJong, Philippe Block, Anjali Mehrotra

FABRICATION & CONSTRUCTION
The Escobedo Group – David Escobedo, Matthew Escobedo, Salvador Crisanto, John Curry, Francisco Tovar Yebra, Joyce I-Chin Chen, Adam Bath, Hector Betancourt, Luis Rivera, Antonio Rivera, Carlos Rivera, Carlos Zuniga Rivera, Samuel Rivera, Jairo Rivera, Humberto Rivera, Jesus Rosales, Dario Rivera

LIGHTING
Lichtkompetenz, Artemide

FILMING
Aman Johnson Films / Texas
Anna Maragkoudaki / Venice

PHOTOGRAPHY
David Escobedo

EDITING
Anna Maragkoudaki, Matthias Rippmann, Philippe Block

MUSIC
Jon Luc Hettermann / Upbeat

SUPPORTED BY
Kathy and David Escobedo
ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture
MIT, School of Architecture + Planning
NCCR Digital Fabrication
Pro Helvetia
Artemide

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KnitCrete from Block Research Group on Vimeo.

NEST HiLo Roof Prototype Zurich from Block Research Group on Vimeo.