Modular Structures

Modular Structures

Modular Structure is a design approach that subdivides a system into smaller parts called modules or skids, that can be independently created and then used in different systems.

Modular design can be seen in certain buildings. Modular buildings can be added to or reduced in size by adding or removing certain components. This can be done without altering larger portions of the building. Modular buildings can also undergo changes in functionality using the same process of adding or removing components.

In architecture and structural engineering, a space frame or space structure is a riding, lightweight structure constructed from interlocking structs in a geometric pattern. Space frames can be used to span large areas with few interior supports.

Shell Lattice Structures

Large span timber gridshells are commonly constructed by initially laying out the main lath members flat in a regular square or rectangular lattice, and subsequently deforming this into the desired doubly curved form. This can be achieved by pushing the members up from the ground.

Examples of Modular Architecture

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Habitat 67

in Montreal designed in the 1960’s by architect Moshe Safdie.It consists of prefab units that have be stacked in an ingeneous way. It was designed to integrate the variety and diversity of scattered private homes with the economics and density of a modern apartment building. The building was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world.

Honeycomb Apartment

This architecture is designed to mimic the rhythmic structure of honeycomb, the layout creates dynamic elevations and offers privacy to the neighboring owners.

Sounds Analysis

I used shapes to represent each sound. I felt that the tone bars creates a up and down tone. As for the wooden sticks and sand blocks, I felt that the 2 sound were very similar and the comes together. While the egg shaker is very soft.

Individual Moodbox

For my model, I choose to use a curved plane to represent the tone bars. I felt that the tone bars creates a up and down tone. Therefore I create a curve to represent the change in the tone. I use 2 wooden blocks to represent sand blocks and wooden sticks as both the sound comes together and it creates a very clear sound. Lastly for the egg shaker, I felt that the sound is slowly disappearing and fading away. Therefore I use a metal wire to represent it.




2 Replies to “Modular Structures”

  1. Some good images of modular references…. Are you able to show these in greater detail? Example some construction detail closeups?

    Hope you are able to do some soundwave analysis of your group’s composition using Audacity. Would help in conceptualising the Moodbox.

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