Sahil Sharma

Sahil Sharma

Copenhagen, DK



NUBE | noo’-bay 
A cloud. (f) (Spanish)

TUBULAR |ˈt(y)o͞obyələr|
long, round, and hollow like a tube: tubular flowers of deep crimson.

The Nubular lightweight structure is an exploration into an injection-based architecture. A homogenous building material, in this case a perforated PVC skin, is used to create tubes of custom lengths and angles, which are then filled with one’s material of choice depending on the chosen tube’s position within the overall structure. Given that the material filling is a key parameter in the behaviour of the elements, several tests were carried out to identify the optimal fillings and member lengths to avoid buckling. It was decided to fill the bottom most members with a soil and sawdust combination while the top is composed of lighter foam balls. Each tube length is split into 3 with a maximum part length of around 800mm and allowing for 50mm flat connection gaps in between and on the ends.

The overall shape was designed in Grasshopper using the Hoopsnake plugin. A original tetrahedron shape is drawn and hence follows the path of an arched curve, turning and repositioning itself in the process from the start of the path to the end. After this process, the geometry was manually pulled to the ground plane and specific 3-piece curves were extracted and drawn to ensure they stay under the 800mm limit. Each of these curves was separated as a layer and with lengths fed into another definition to directly produce laser cut files which included labels and welding line engravings.

The fabrication process took about 3 full days. 78 custom lengths were laser cut, welded, filled, and holed at the junctions for connections.

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Status: Built
Location: Barcelona, ES
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Additional Credits: Alessio Verdolino, Ramin Shambayati, Robert Douglas, Kateryna Rogynska, Tobias Grumstrup and Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia