Architectural and structural qualities in timber joints: An Attempt to establish a methodology for early conceptual design studies

Jesper Thøger Christensen, Mogens Fiil Christensen, Lars Damkilde

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Design of joints in timber structures is crucial to reach both elegant and structural efficient designs. Design of joints should therefore be an integral part of the conceptual design phase. Traditionally this is not the case, and joints are often solely designed and analysed in the engineering design phase. The result is joints that function structurally but do not add value to the design, and may even compromise the architectural ideas. With an approach, integrating both structural and architectural design from the beginning, one should not only gain better structures and architecture but also increase timbers competitiveness in the building industry.
The paper is part of an ongoing research project aiming at providing tools for an integrated design process for timber structures. The focus of the paper is to identify how structure and its joints contributes to architecture and vice versa.
Further, a method for how to design with structure and joints from the very early stage of design is proposed. The architectural/engineering model of the joints will later be incorporated in the digital design environment of the designer. In this way, the conceptual design phase will not only include the structural elements but also their joints.
TitelWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
RedaktørerJosef Eberhardsteiner, Wolfgang Winter, Alireza Fadai, Martina Pöll
Antal sider9
ForlagTU Verlag
Sider6203- 6211
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-903024-35-9
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedWorld Conference on Timber Engineering - Vienna University of Technology, Wien, Østrig
Varighed: 22 aug. 201625 aug. 2016


KonferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
LokationVienna University of Technology


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