BAMBOO CENTER AUROVILLE was the perfect place, with the right energy and visionary mindset to push GROWINGTOWER to a
new dimension. Together we were growing the idea to an incredible project...
For more than 3 month volunteers, labourers, cooks, welders, project holder and financial supporter sticked together to make this Tower happened!
We became like a family and where able to show what GROWINGTOWER and especially Bamboo is able to do. This 45 feet (13,5m) tall tower shows that the GROWINGTOWER structure could be an elementary Building technique in future!!
Thanks to Bamboo Center and to all the people who dedicated themself to the project! ...Especially to the Volunteers!
This tower is now even a WORLD RECORD as the largest tower which was "growing" by a rotation movement, while the top part was build first and the bottom later on...
"Svaram" in Auroville asked me to design and build a SouldDome for Instruments for them. So I thought a Building which is itself an instrument would be interesting and the output was a dynamic Dome which can change its size according to the movement of a Gong which was hanging in the parabolic Dome...
After the projects with all this inspiring Indian architect students, some ideas raced in my mind how this amazing structure could be used for living spaces...
Our cities are usually also growing!
...But different than plants they can only grow by occupying more and more area. If we would build dynamic module houses which are sitting on a rotating ramp we wouldn't need to destroy more forest but grow with our needs! If we need more living space we would just rotate our whole home and add a new room which can be designed individually...
In 3 Days we were building a 6m tall GrowingTower. This time i used a slightly different Ramp so you will find now perfect squares in the Geodesic Structure.
We had a wonderful time working together on a 6m tall Growing Tensegrity. Thanks to all of you!
The "seed of life" is a well-known geometric wonder. I thought, "What happens if we let the seed grow? ..."
This construct is self-contained; none of the rods are firmly connected, except through the cords that form the lines of the "seed of life.
Nun wollte ich mich zur Entspannung auch mal anderen Strukturen widmen und so kam mir die Idee, die Struktur des Wassers und der Blüten von Blumen genauer unter die Lupe zu nehmen.
Dieser "Dynamische Torus" kann eine unendliche Bewegung um sich selbst beschreiben, wären da nicht die Schnüre zur Aufhängung. Ich konstruierte die Aufhängung so, dass man den Torus teoretisch als Deckeninstallation nutzen könnte.
Das Spannende ist, dass die Struktur nur gut funktioniert, wenn man die Zahlen nutzt die man erhällt wenn man die "2" beliebig oft mit sich lebst multipliziert: (2,4,8,16,32,...).
For the Club "Griessmühle" in Berlin a very special GrowingtTower was created. Three right-handed and five left-handed spirals made of wood, plus eight right-handed spirals made of steel. In addition, two left-handed chain spirals were added. Chains because the spirals are only stressed. On top of the tower sits a dynamic dome, which is connected to a seat on the ground. The focus was on an Industrial Madmax style that fits perfectly into the Club.
A dynamic structure?
Just as flowers open and close their leafes, so we can make buildings movable. The entire dome simply straightens by the string of cords connected to each connection point in the dome.
How can you move upwards while pulling down?
The GROWINGTOWER structure makes that possible!
This is the Model for a tower in the Berlin club "Griessmühle" where this principle is applied.
Adventures in Pinecone ... Children love nature. On playgrounds you can often see them playing in geometric figures.
The GROWINGTOWER would combine both. The feeling of nature and climbing onto a tree that recreates the structure of a pine cone. A fascinating and easy to build geometric structure.
The idea of a Growing Torus is interesting if you want to cover a huge space. During the planning phase for a marquee, the drawings and pictures of a GrowingTorusDome were created.
A marquee which you can build within a very short time without a ladder, crane or anything else ..!
It all stared with a branched plant in the wind. I wondered: How can she stand so stable even though she has only ONE trunk in the middle and no four pillars like a house? After a few days the solution was found and the GROWING DOME was born! A construct that reflects the dome structure of Fuller, but it is much easier to build than the conventional dome. Initially, all the rods are on the ground, with only the ends connected to the strings. By building only the "branches" are mounted on the "trunk" to mount the "branches" is possible without annoying ladders. Stability comes by tensing to the ground at five points.
To show that you can stretch different numbers of spirals to float poles, a second GROWINGTOWER Tensergity was built. This time, the rods hang in five left-handed and eight right-handed spirals of strings, with no rod touching another.
As part of a festival, an entrance was needed.
GROWINGTOWER designed an extra natural sculpture representing a giraffe. She was about 8m high and had headlamps as eyes. Especially at festivals of techno music, it is important to send the eyes on the road. And oversized natural objects are very suitable for this. More animals are already planned for next year ...
In the first days of my journey from Germany to Portugal, I came to an understanding of the subject of train and pressure in the growing organism. For this I had to leave the limits of the Fibonacci numbers and came instead to a new sequence of numbers, which results from the squares of the Fibonacci numbers and in turn tend to the golden ratio. Instead of 1,1,2,3,5,8 .. we now have 1,1,4,9,25,64, .. But by the way, more importantly, we are now using the GROWINGTOWER structure rods to float in the air. Behind the picture hides a video about it. Take a look!
Everything started with the dome. The structure that Buckminster Fuller invented at that time. The dome is buildable and degradable in short time and is used as a stage for techno events.