Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
DRX 2012 – Minimal Surface Highrise Structures in Berlin, Germany by HENN Architekten
November 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: HENN Architekten
The Design Research Exchange (DRX) is a non-profit residency program for researchers hosted by HENN. The DRX, initiated by Moritz Fleischmann (HENN Research Director) and Martin Henn (HENN Design Director), provides an open platform to unite experts from various fields. By exploring architectural topics of shared interest, the DRX promotes a multi-disciplinary discussion between academics and professionals.
The DRX is envisioned as an environment for the advancement of fresh ideas and fertile ground for experimentation situated in-between academic research & architectural practice. The program is examining and advancing architectural techniques and methods, testing new technologies and materials, and informing our future built environment.
Throughout the DRX, invited experts present public lectures and provide critical feedback and guidance. While working in small teams on the appointed topic, researchers have opportunities to join ongoing discussions, meetings, workshops, and lectures while gaining insight into ongoing HENN projects.
In 2012, the DRX took place in Berlin at HENN StudioB from July 16th 2012 through September 7th 2012. Participants included four invited DRX Experts including Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn (TU Dresden, HENN), Dr. Toni Kotnik (ETH Zurich), Prof. Dr. Konrad Polthier (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Patrick Teuffel and eight invited DRX Researchers with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, mathematics and computer programming.
Together they formed a rich combination of skillsets, knowledge and mutual interests. The topic of DRX 2012 was Minimal Surface Highrise Structures. Minimal surfaces, as visible in various natural systems, have great potential for application in highrise building design due to their structural efficiency, overall area minimization, and efficient material distribution.
All of these factors contribute to a sustainable architectural model and green building concept. As part of the DRX 2012, three prototypic 500m tall Highrise Structures were developed as so-called ProtoTowers.
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