This model is the final step of a two-month structural study of Renzo Piano’s Pathé Foundation with team partner Alejandro Finol. Informational support is provided by structural architect Jeremy Crossley/VP Green and project photpgrapher Michel Denancé. Class instructed by Mark Cruvellier.
The Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation is situated in a Parisian courtyard behind the street facade as a space of working, archives, and exhibition for one of France’s important cinematography heritages. The building’s abnormal armadillo shape is designed parametrically and achieved by a continuous and suspended reinforced concrete shell that both supports and rests on the interior steel and concrete skeleton. The top of the building is a transparent glass dome supported by curved glulam beams that rest on a peripheral tubular steel frame fixed around the edge of the concrete shell. The entire curved surface of the building volume is covered by a layer of perforated aluminum plates that provide shading and a uniform texture.
Cladding square joints
Glulam beam roof
Ring around glulam roof
Joints at ends of glulam beams
Interior beam grid
steel, music wire
aluminum tubes, 3D printed plastic, steel needles, steel wire
steel rods, stainless steel tubes
high-density foam, aluminum board
The model has been exhibited in John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University on November 9-20, 2015, and Milstein Dome RAW EXPO in April, 2016.