In a new recent research, we have been looking into the internal 3D geometrical growth of bamboo. We have focused on a very fast growing breed called ‘phyllostachys’ that, depending on a variety of parameters, can grow extremely fast and sense its environment to correct and reinforce itself while growing. In collaboration with macro-molecular and bio material scientists at KIT- Kyoto institute of technology D-Lab in Japan, we have translated the microscopic bamboo’s internal structure into producible 3D structures. Scaled-up by 3000% we can now study the natural geometrical growth patterns of the bamboo, both in terms of its natural structural porosity and its geometrical growth intelligence. The bamboo is ‘learning as it is growing’. This means that its structural internal 3D morphology is constantly changing and adapting to new environmental conditions, growing differently from section to section based upon a kind of inherited intelligence and sensory systems.
With thanks to professors Julia Cassim, Dr Yoko Okahisa and Dr Yukihiro Nishikawa of KIT and D-Lab, Kyoto Japan 2017 for the bio material science and microscopic data processing

Our studio structural design & scripting workflow

We ‘grow’ geometries, into a bespoke load condition and within a well defined design boundary.  in this case, you can see an evolutionary script that was designed to track the object exterior walled, while calculating the interior object volume based upon a bespoke load/support condition.

Our unique nano cellulose fiber 3D design scripts

This is our new nano cellulose inspired 3D algorithm that allows us to gain full control over a surface porosity and structural behaviours. We can achieve accurate flexibility, durability and directional attributes.

Symmetry tessellation and generative design scripting

As part of our structural design strategy we research and develop scripting tools that helps us automate some of the more complex design morphologies. We use symmetry when structures tend to be based upon a grid and more boundary-based strategies when structural design tend to be more organic and ‘free’.