Situated on the promontory overlooking marina Bay, the ArtScience museum
is a lotus-shaped building with 10 fingers on a radial axis to symbolize the
welcoming hand of Singapore. The iconic structure accommodates 21 galleries
and 60,000 square feet of exhibition space. Given the eccentric shape, Arup
used a parametric model to balance the size and force of structural members
and incorporate changes in design and geometry.
INNOVATION IN gENERATIVE DESIgN
Using Generativecomponents, Arup generated a centerline model for analysis,
altered design surfaces and control points for primary steelwork, and explored
structural framing options. once the framing logic was determined, Arup
replicated the framing within each finger and bay. The parametric tools enabled
Arup to design and deliver a fabrication-accurate model in 50 percent less time
than traditional methods.
The $415 million music city center is a new meeting, exhibition, and
convention facility being developed on six city blocks in the south of
Broadway neighborhood of nashville, Tenn. The project’s dominant feature
is an undulating green roof that emulates rolling landscapes and alludes to
nashville’s musical heritage.
Music city center
Nashville, Tennessee, united States
Generativecomponents generated the fluid geometry of the wavy roof.
Any changes to the initial roof surface shape were carried forward to the
3D design model. Distinctive roof features built as parametric components
included box skylights, the green roof system, and catenary trusses for the
exhibit hall roof. The surface representation of the roof design was exported
to microStation for 3D modeling.