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Published on Mar 17, 2012
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE, see more at www.N55.dk. The thickness of the plates is only 4 mm. SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE takes advantage of its light material and a structural method called pure plate structures, which combines compression and tension forces working within the cladding material itself, needing no primary supportive structure. This also separates the SPACEPLATES method from spaceframe constructions like the geodesic dome. lattice structures forming structures like that are very well researched and understood. Plate based structures are not. Especially not when it comes to more freely formed, complex, tesselated shapes that are not plain domes. Pure plate structure is an elegant way of creating doubly-curved forms. Unlike the triangulated lattice structures used in much contemporary architecture, in pure plate structure the structural system and the cladding is one and the same thing.The geometrical and structural characteristics allow for extremely economical and simple building systems at any scale from small units to larger spans.