October 28, 2018

Cellular pneumatic membrane

PneuSystems is a modular, air-supported surface designed to function as a lightweight, adaptable architectural skin. Developed by research and design firm RVTR, the project was inspired by membranes in natural organisms as well as the engineered systems research conducted at Stuttgart’s Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design. Three primary investigations informed the development of PneuSystems: aggregated structures formed by nested cellular assemblages, energy performance of air-entrained systems, and rapid digital prototyping processes employing custom tools and jigs. Unlike air-supported structures with a single inflated volume, PneuSystems exhibits systemic resilience through the redundancy of its many interlocking components.

Contact: RVTR, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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