Assembly challenges cont’d

As can be seen in the picture of the previous post, the cradle formwork did not entirely solve the challenge of assembling the complex pieces into the vault. Issues seemed to be the tolerances of the coated pieces and the registration of how the pieces fit together.

Luckily, a little (referring to the size of the model) stone mason volunteered to make it happen: Lara Davis. After many hours of shaving off the faces and carefully checking the digital model, the vault was assembled upside-down in its cradle. Unfortunately, because of a lack of proper interlocking of the pieces, the vault could not be assembled without gluing the pieces together.


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Load-bearing stone, Unreinforced masonry vaulting, Stone form-finding, Structural masonry vault, Free-form masonry, Equilibrium shapes, Funicular design

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