Favelous 963, Amsterdam
Professional project, 2013

Favelous 963 is an initiative by an interdisciplinary group of people with the aim to create a platform for the food-related events of Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam.
The mission was to create a flexible space in a vacant building, which was originally used for the production of train wagons. The structure was to be lightweight, easy to assemble and made out of natural and second-hand materials.

The gridshell was designed in a physical model, which gave a direct feedback and precise control over the architectural implications of the structure in its surrounding space, in an intuitive way.
Main architectural themes are space continuity, view variation, exposure and enclosure. Bamboo elements interlace in different directions and densities in order to address those aspects and correspond to structural and daylight requirements. During the daytime, the structure is only present in a subtle way while shaping space, but the atmosphere changes at night when a dialectic play of light and shadow emerges and shapes the enclosed and surrounding space.
In the search of renewable materials, bamboo was chosen for its comparable strength and flexibility. The structure was realized in three days using 900 meters of split bamboo, 600 meters of black rope and 300 meters of damaged bicycle tires collected from the local stores as a waste product.

The design of the structure is based on my Thesis ‘Constructed Textiles’, TU Delft

Client: Mediamatic Fabriek
Size: 72m²
Project Designer: Ifigeneia Dilaveraki
Structural engineer: Christop Toënges (CONBAM)
Contributors: Robert Bochove, Christel van Calsteren, Elena Goray, Barak Oserovitz, Andrea Sossi

De architect
Bamboo Architecture & Design,Braun Publishing AG,Salenstein, Switzerland,2014
Behind Gridshells, BNA(The Royal Institure of Dutch Architects, Amsterdam,2014

Ecoweek London, 2014 Sept
A gridshell structure based on the study of textile woven systems









Ifigeneia Dilaveraki