Ice- Skating Rink Roof by Frei Otto, 1969

Project Description

The project ‘Targeted Tension’ has been
inspired by Frei Otto’s work with cables
and tensile membranes. In his work,
Otto is trying to achieve more with
less material and effort, covering large
spans with the help of high strength
steel cables & pneumatically distended
synthetic fabric. He developed his
concepts through his investigations on
tensile stress.
In this project, the same principles
have been used to create a space for
extraterrestrial conditions, such as a
(The Work of Frei Otto; Ludwig Glaeser, 1972)

Sports Center Roofs, Kuwait by Frei Otto, 1969

Sports Center Roofs, Soap-skin models by Frei Otto, 1969

Form Finding Catalogue

Final Geometry




“ASSIGNMENT 03- Forces Of Nature- Targeted Tension” is a project of IAAC, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed as part of the Computational Design course at the Master in Advanced Architecture program in 2018/19.

Student: Manan Jain

Tutors: Rodrigo Aguirre

Support: Daniil Koshelyuk, Nikoleta Mougkasi