Can a two-dimensional surface define and enclose a three-dimensional space? This is the question a team of researchers and students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Material Processes and Systems (MaP+S) Group was seeking to answer when they developed the world’s first all-ceramic grid shell prototype. The prototype was made using unreinforced 6-mm-thick ceramic tile and was designed to minimize internal stresses and efficiently span between three points of support. The project team was able to develop the structure to include approximately 13.5 sq m of inhabitable interior space consisting of 462 elements.
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