Design and construction of the ReciPlyDome, a lightweight modular reciprocal dome

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In the event sector, where there is a search for architectural constructions with an innovative
morphology, reuse is key to strive towards more sustainable events. Designing modular structures and
detailing them for easy disassembly and re-assembly is an ideal way to encourage and facilitate reuse.
This way a longer lifespan is assured for the used components. However, temporary (event) structures
are often hard to assemble, which can compromise their reusability. The difficulties of assembly are
usually induced by the morphology of the modules or by using certain types of connections. Therefore
these structures require optimization in terms of assembly while remaining resource efficient.
The main objective of this research is to reimagine a developed structure, the ReciPlyDome, and
optimize it in terms of assembly. The ReciPlyDome is a reciprocal dome structure based on a rhombic
triacontahedron, whereby all elements are identical (except for the five elements that touch the ground).
During the assembly phase of the first version of the ReciPlyDome, torsion in the components appeared
to hinder efficient construction. To eliminate this, the dome was reviewed, which led to the development
of a new connection system and an improved shape for the beams. A new full-scale version of the dome
has been built, showing the positive effect of the improved connection system and the optimised beam
position. In-situ measurements were made after construction, illustrating good correspondence between
the digital and built model. Further research will focus on the covering of this modular reciprocal dome
for outdoor use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Design and Fabrication
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Annual Sumposium 2023
EditorsYi Min Xie, Jane Burry, Ting-Uei Lee, Jiaming Ma
ChapterGridshell and lattice structures
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-646-87830-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2023
EventIASS 2023 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023


ConferenceIASS 2023


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