KintCandela is a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on ultra-lightweight knitted formwork.
Installed at @MUAC_UNAM
as part of #ZahaHadidArchitects
’ first exhibition in Latin America, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by @ZHCODE
that pays homage to the architect & engineer #FélixCandela
—reimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology.
KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive, freeform concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds. KnitCandela’s 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 a suitcase.
KnitCrete is an innovative material-saving, labour-reducing & cost-effective formwork system to case double-curved geometries in concrete. Developed at @ethzurich
in collaboration with Swiss #nccrdfab
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, and integrates digital fabrication with the skills of traditional craftsmanship and construction methods.
(R-Ex) managed KnitCandela’s construction as part of its work integrating digital technologies in building trades in #Mexico