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Nano-modular membrane














Bruno Salgueiro, Daniela Silva, Joana Melo

For the development of this project, we took as a starting point two symbiotic elements guiding this proposal: the ecological component and the formal configuration, different from what is customary in this kind of structure. Aware of the need for recycling, Shigeru Ban emerges as a source of inspiration, treating paper as an evolved wood, presenting a solution to the technological and post-industrial development.


By reusing large-scale waste (cardboard rolls of printing paper for plotters), we want to model the shape of the space, with a fluid and continuous skin that allows us to create so much visual interest that it attracts visitors to the fair to enter and discover the stand, as (at function level) creates spaces and a simple but interesting circulation system. Still in the ecological component, we considered that it would be interesting to reward the effects that the production of paper has in the environment and thus to reconvert it and to reuse it in the architectural design. In the search for the relationship between structure and shape, and its development through load-bearing bio-forms (Greg Lynn), the name NanoModular Membrane justifies the concept: starting very small (tube diameter) and through a process sketch, we begin by schematizing tube modules that are easily assembled, using a schematic diagram explaining the form of assembly. Working with the measurements of the tubes, the variation of the cut and the joining of the modules that make up this skin, we were able to give different notions of depth, different prospects visions of the visitors, resulting in what we like to call "lift of the veil".

If a membrane is the structure that separates two distinct phases or environments, through the illumination and the actual circulation inside the stand, it will show to the outside the idea that something happens behind the membrane, but it is not totally perceptible. For the conceptual development of this proposal, we were definitely influenced by the design in parametric architecture and the Hyposurfaces technology, so we tried to translate certain spatial and visual notions that transmit us these creative and conceptual processes. Taking into account the restrictions of the competition regulations and the influences we have mentioned, we have tried to convey the notion of a skin that is simultaneously a structure that runs and involves the space of the stand, in a way that accommodates all the spaces and functions provided for the contests program, as well as interact with visitors to a visual level.


Delving deeper into the development process of our concept, we can explain the language we used in the idea of starting from a two-dimensional shape (in this case a circle that is the diameter of the cardboard tube), multiplying it to fill the limits, give it different depths and deform it in order to create spaces of use, a distributive system and the feeling of fluidity and morphological mutability, as well as perspicuous visual illusions.


Synthesizing, the proposal for this stand intends to match the needs that a space of this aspect asks, trying to insert a more conceptual and visual component, that effectively promote the outer / inner relation, through a skin-membrane structure that unifies the space and defines it from the inside.