code to production – canopy construction
the structure of the minimal tension terrace canopy has now been completed for the apartment in the sydney CBD. the assembly of the framing was carried out by students at the university of sydney (USYD) that had been studying the code to production elective in which students researched design, fabrication and construction methods using algorithms within the grasshopper 3d environment. part of the elective required a week of site construction of one of urban future’s architectural projects.
the canopy was prototyped with USYD cnc / laser cutters, was fabricated at 1:1 by central coast marine installations (CCMI) and brought to site on a one ton ute. with the site 3d scanned, the parts were assembled on site to an accuracy within 1mm. the structure will now be clad with a clear impact resistant glazing that will be cnc milled at usyd and 3m taped onto the structure. below are a few shots of the construction process.
lasercut and brake pressed 6mm aluminium panels
parts in the powdercoating process
parts arriving on site
ordering parts with respect to their mapping location
blind riveting the lateral components
installation of the first ring around the existing skylight volume
second ring installed
connection of the bridge element between skylight rings
covering the assembly area whilst raining
completion of the last right hand segments
structure bridging between skylights