From Gaudi’s physical chain models, Frei Otto’s tensile model studies to Phillips Blocks
funicular structures design with RhinoVAULT, natural forces help mold balanced and
optimized structures. With the aid of interactive physics simulations we can create digital
materiality and real life behavior as a form finding protocol.
The aim of this assignment will be to create an live-interactive installation using forces as
parameters using Kangaroo as main engine. The main goal will be to build a simple interface
where the user can “play” with inputs such as attractors, sliders, functions and time to
transform an object in space. The selected location for the installation will be the IaaC rooftop
area. see references below.

Forces of Nature

The Giant Hammock

The idea was to create an installation that can be used, on the roof IaaC. The roof is normally used to hang out, and is lacking a shading system. That is why I chose to generate this floating net that can both be used as a shading system and as a giant hammock where you can rest or hang out with friends, on it or under it.

The user can play by adding or moving attractors (points using pipeline geometry) to generate, shape and reshape the geometry. Each newly inserted attractor will perforate the mesh, generate the main holding system, and will also generate the pulling up and down system.



Iteration 1: Using 7 points as base input

Iteration 2: Using 6 points as base input

Iteration 3: Using 5 points as base input

Iteration 4: Using 6 points as base input, and larger circle radius

Forces of Nature is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, in 2018 by:
Students: Nicolas Saade
Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre
Assistant: Daniil Koshelyuk and Nikoleta Mougkasi