How Virtual Becomes Real


  • Melbourne School of Design


This entry presents an individual project developed in Semester 1, 2016 for a Master’s studio: How Virtual Becomes Real. It explores possible correspondences and parallels between Mies van der Rohe’s work and form-resistant structural typologies – such as the clear span and minimalism. The project generates a column-free interior space by means of two structures – a concrete shell and a vaulted slab. Form finding is the design strategy where a structural problem is explored, formulated and solved simultaneously. Construction is simulated through a scale model. The complex geometries are described by doubly-curved molds, realized by a 3-axis CNC machine.

Key Features


Liberate the plan from intermediate supports by means of a lightweight form-resistant structure. This project reinterprets the Miesian concept of the “Universal space”. By replacing the steel structural frame with a concrete shell, it generates a more intricate dialogue between the ‘modern’ grid-based plan distribution and the physic laws that form the structural expression of the house shelter.


Reinvent the minimalistic Miesian approach as a generator of structural lightness and efficiency that enhances transparency. The project defines a house by two minimal concrete shells – the first is a simple, optimal funicular shape that shelters the house; the second is a ribbed vaulted structure that elevates and separates the floor from the ground. Natural and artificial matters touch at only eight anchor points


Generate innovation within the tradition. The project takes inspiration from the principles of the ‘modern’ to address contemporary architectural issues, such as the need of reducing the environmental impact of buildings, proposing an efficient and material-saving structural solution, and triggering automation in the construction industry, for instance for the fabrication of the house shelter.

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