wood is one of the most beautiful materials used in architecture, it’s used in all kind of building parts, structural or finishes either in the interiors or exteriors. It’s also known for its sustainability as a renewable resource, regardless of the forests lost propaganda, it’s also good work well after recycling. Flexibility is another factor, forming wood is the easiest, and it takes all kind of shapes, easy to cut and even bend. We can add the availability in nature as an important supporting issue, especially that it can be used directly after cutting, additionally, the ease of its preparation processes, in more advanced construction, counter to other construction materials which require deep digging and long hard processes to prepare for using. All that without mentioning its structural integrity, wood sometimes used to build multiple story buildings and long span roofs.
Wood detailing is an important issue to prepare the building for being constructed, proper planning of details, give the designers great deal in reforming the building, it also makes the production and installation process much easier and neat, in the digital age, such planning, is essential to make it possible to transfer digital data to the digital fabrication machines.
Trusses is a structural system use straight short members organized in a form of nodes and edges to create a large triangulated beam system can handle large spans and heavy weights, it use a combinations of forces transfer mechanisms such like, compression and tension to give the structure the ability to act in a way similar to a beam with such large depth and height, without using a lot of materials. Trusses used widely in lifting the roofs of large span buildings, it’s widely seen in civil structures as well,especially in bridges.
truss systems I created to experiment the challenges of parametrically designed trusses
as wood details are used in all building parts, from roofing to flooring and from wall framing to cladding surfaces, its very important to understand how these wood parts will work against other materials at corners, sides and layers, but the most important, is how the wood work with other wood parts from the same family. in this part we are experimenting how wood work in nodes, to clarify, nodes is where the wood members intersect at the same point of origin> the easiest way is to use the safe way, the plate system, but the cutting of corners and defining angles is not an easy step, especially under remote parameters in design pushing sizes and angles up and down. In the experiment below, I designed a system which can handle the changes on angles, counts, and sizes of multiple wood members in a truss.
these are a collection of joints made by the same system of joints producer
Plates are steel connecting parts used to strengthen the connection between the wooden parts together, using a number of bolts, and sometimes the angle of the steel plate. I didn’t go that deep in the process, but locating the bolts and refining the plates shape is an area of investigation.