Structural design in the work of Gaudí

Huerta Fernández, Santiago (2006). Structural design in the work of Gaudí. "Architectural Science Review", v. 8 (n. 2); pp. 25-52. ISSN 00038628.


Title: Structural design in the work of Gaudí
  • Huerta Fernández, Santiago
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Architectural Science Review
Date: 2006
ISSN: 00038628
Volume: 8
Freetext Keywords: estructuras fábrica arcos bóvedas cúpulas Gaudí modelos colgantes catenarias estribos estabilidad seguridad coeficiente geométrico historia construcción proyecto arches vaults domes Gaudí masonry structures stability safety limit analysis construction history catenary hangin models structural design
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Estructuras de Edificación [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The work of Gaudí embraces all the facets of architectural design. The present paper studies the analysis and design of masonry arches, vaults and buildings. It is well known that Gaudí used hanging models and graphical methods as design tools. These methods can be traced back to the end of the 17th Century. Also, it was not original the use of equilibrated, catenarian, forms. What was completely original was the idea of basing all the structural design in considerations of equilibrium. Gaudí, also, employed unusual geometrical forms for some of his vaults, ruled surfaces, showing a deep structural insight. Finally, he designed tree-forms of equilibrium for the supports of the vaults in the Sagrada Familia. In the present paper Gaudí’s equilibrium methods are studied with some detail, stressing their validity within the frame of Limit Analysis

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Deposited by: Profesor S. Huerta
Deposited on: 30 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 06:27
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