Form-driven design of a bending-active tensile façade system

Léa Boulic, Pierluigi D’Acunto, Federico Bertagna, Juan José Castellón

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This article highlights the design potentials of a recently proposed form-driven approach for bending-active tensile structures, in which the geometry of the actively bent elements can be directly defined without the recourse to a form-finding procedure. The approach is applied to the design of a lightweight sun-shading system that can be used to protect glazed building façades, and in which actively bent beams are restrained by pre-stressing strips. Other than structural requirements, the geometry of this hybrid structure is informed by functional and environmental considerations to prevent overheating and glare inside the building.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-190
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Space Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • bending-active tensile structure
  • form-driven design
  • integral design framework
  • non-constant bending stiffness
  • parametric structural design
  • sun-shading façade system


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