MESH A CHEAP AND FLEXIBLE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM

Architects of social consciousness were thinking of solutions to cover more space with less material and for less money in ways that didn't rob the individual of his identity. At the same time these architects wanted to make a creative statement. So when participating countries held architectural competitions for their country's pavilions, some unusual architecture evolved. Perhaps the most innovative concept to be used today is "space- frame" architecture. In an effort to "Do more with Less" architects covered large spaces cheaply and flexibly, by distributing the building's weight over a wide area, and by using complex techniques involving aluminum, plastic and other materials. The pavilions that used that technique were the United States pavilion, the Netherlands pavilion, the West German pavilion etc.
NETHERLANDS PAVILION : The Netherlands pavilion was an

engineering triumph, a space frame structure consisting of 33 miles (57,000 pieces , each three feet long) of aluminium tubing. They didn't weld or rivet the pieces together, rather it was put together like a Gilbert Erector set, with wrenches. The exhibition room was suspended inside. The technique had its advantages in that if the building needed to expand, the builders could just add more pieces. It was a very flexible approach to building design and gave the structure a feeling of lightness.

situated at irregularly intervals and supported by steel cables anchored outside the structure. it only took six weeks to build. His system used a roof of steel mesh suspended from eight slender steel masts of varied height. covered an area the size of a city block. . the building wasn't cheap to build since it was a one of a kind project. The roof's steel mesh net. hung from the guy wires. As to cost. The structure adequately dealt with the twin problems of aesthetics and economics. While it took the architect several years to develop his system. The tent itself and all of its components were fabricated in Germany. But it had potential for its steel and plastic roof weighed only 150 tons. was then covered by a translucent plastic skin. one third to one fifth the weight of normal roofing materials.GERMANY PAVILION : Frei Otto's elegant space frame tent was used to cover the German pavilion's exhibit area.

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