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Posts tagged as 'FiDU technology'

Architonic Concept Space III, two storeyed for the first time, photo by Gerry Amstutz

With this year’s Architonic Concept Space the Zurich based architect and process designer Oskar Zieta wanted to underline the architectural potential of his FiDU technology – a process, whereby metal panels, cut into shapes and welded, are inflated under high pressure, forming three-dimensional elements.

At this year’s Orgetec he topped his demonstration by mounting a second storey.

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The installation of rolled steel profiles by Zieta Prozessdesign

Our friend Oskar Zieta just sent us the first images of the brand new installation he recently completed in the courtyard of the V&A in London. Commissioned by the London Design Festival and with the support of the Polish Cultural Institute Zieta Prozessdesign created a highly flexible structure based on – how could it be different – FiDU technology.

“‘Blow and Roll’ is made of large-scale steel elements of different lengths up to 20m and of different heights. The problem and also the challenge was to bring it to the garden in one piece, like all the other pieces of the Museum’s exhibition. To achieve it, pieces were transported to London and brought to the garden flat and rolled, and then they were inflated with air to the final shape”, Zieta explains.

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Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

It is done.

After the last modifications and a tough production phase the new Architonic Concept Space designed by Oskar Zieta (Zieta Prozessdesign) was presented at this year’s imm cologne for the first time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

The modular system, which consists of a number of identical and stackable geometrical spatial structures, is made up of inflated sections welded together robotically. A well-balanced equilibrium of traction and pressure forces gives the structures maximum stability. By arranging the assymatrical modules in different positions a space is created whose structural order seems to be unrepoducible but rhythmical at the same time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Zieta’s so called FiDU (Freie InnenDruck Umformung) technology is in many respects an especially economical process. In contrast to injection moulding, hydroforming or extrusion, all of which require elaborate and costly machines and moulds, all that FiDU needs is a die plate and a robot welder.

This year’s Architonic Concept Space III provides Oskar Zieta and his team with a platform for implementing an architectural project with this new technology for the first time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Thanks to our partner and sponsor Andreas Messerli Kommunikation im Raum (project management, exhibition building and logistics) for assembling the Architonic Concept Space III.

to the ‘Making Of Architonic Concept Space’ Part I

to the ‘Making Of Architonic Concept Space’ Part II

to the Zieta Prozessdesign website

to the gee-ly website

to the Messerli website

Prototype, 1:1 scale

Prototype, 1:1 scale

The final design has been ready since the New Year, and production began one week ago. Architonic Concept Space III, designed by Oskar Zieta (Zieta Prozessdesign) and the CAAD faculty at the ETH Zurich will be celebrating its premiere to coincide with the opening of this year’s imm cologne on 19 January. In the second part of our ‘Making of’ report we would like to provide you with a few more insights into the manufacturing process.

Building the final prototype

Building the final prototype

It has to be modular and adaptable to varying stand sizes, easy to set up and dismantle time and time again, convenient to transport on a single truck etc. – this was the challenging briefing for the Architonic Concept Space. For Zieta it was an ideal opportunity to offer an initial demonstration of the versatility of his FiDU (Freie InnenDruck Umformung) light construction technique in an architectural context. This highly flexible technology, in which precision-cut and welded sheet metal sections are blown up under high pressure to form three-dimensional shapes, could almost have been created specially for this demanding task.

Knot

Knot

The result is a modular structure consisting of identical, inflated sheet metal modules. Depending on the stand size they can be placed next to one another, behind one another and even on top of one another. The core of the entire construction is the connecting points which bind the whole structure and distribute the forces involved across the supports and cross members, stabilising it in all directions.

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