In the first week, after being introduced to tile vaulting and three-dimensional equilibrium design, using RhinoVAULT, the students were split into teams to develop the structural design, do hands-on construction research, and develop an efficient formwork system for the complex rib network. In the second week, the formwork was assembled, the ribs built on the formwork and the vault webs filled in using tile vaulting. The resulting prototype pavilion shows a unique form for compression shells.
The ribbed tile vault has won two prizes at the 2013 Graduate & Student Awards of the AIA NSW Chapter:
- Structural innovation in Architecture Prize
- Digital innovation in Architecture - Commendation