Constructed Textiles
Master Thesis - TU Delft, January 2012

The thesis ‘Constructed Textiles’ introduces a new type of gridshell structure proposed to be made of timber and natural fiber composites. It refers to the form finding process of a lightweight, self-supporting pavilion* based on the study of woven textile systems.

The research focuses on the determination of the intrinsic parameters of woven systems which define the advantageous characteristics of textiles (light, continuous, flexible and strong, can adapt in different geometries and exhibit various levels of transparency). The aim is to bring those qualities in the architectural scale, through the creation of a multifunctional gridshell structure which addresses specific spatial, structural and climate criteria. The design process is driven by parametric thinking, and introduces a bottom up approach; a larger whole is created through the assembly of smaller units and is governed by a set of rules that comprise a pattern. Pattern differentiation takes place according to spatial aspects (space continuity, view variation, connection between the inner and outer space, exposure and enclosure), structural requirements (freeform, lightweight) and climate criteria, with an emphasis on daylight aspects.

*The pavilion is proposed to be located along the Scheveningen boulevard (NL). It refers to a communal space open to social activities and its main functions are a small theatre, a cafe and an exhibition space.


Size: 342m2
Project Designer: Ifigeneia Dilaveraki
Instructors: Rudi Stouffs (Research programme leader - Computation & Performance at TU Delft), Huib Plomp (Assistant Professor - Architectural Engineering at TU Delft), Michella Turrin (Phd researcher at TU Delft)
Finite element analysis: Mauricio Morales Neltran (Phd researcher at TU Delft)






Ifigeneia Dilaveraki