- Hannah Edwards
Ok everyone, time to put on your geometry hats – because Archinoma has created a the ‘Y-BIO’, a transformable modular architectural system. The ‘Y-BIO’ is developed to implement the geometric shapes of a stellated octahedron or ‘extended octahedron’, which was first discovered by Leonardo Da Vinci. After 100 years Johannes Kepler rediscovered and termed it as ‘Stella octangula’ – octagonal star.
The structure is created by joining three tetrahedrons which are made to – more or less – float above the ground. The mentioned octahedral and tetrahedral structure is formed by steel tubes using Shelest joint, a new solution for constructing space trusses. Alix Shelest’ fresh idea made it possible to connect 14 metal tubes in one joint. This allows to create ultrastrong architectural fractals of any size and shape. Basically the whole thing is strung up by three chains to three vertexes of three tetrhedrons and thereby slightly levitated above the ground. The houses can be combined functions as a kind of a colony, serving as an instant and nature friendly shelter. They consist of diverse shapes as well as sizes of robust modules that can be used as tea rooms, an inhalation spa or – to put it simple – a ‘chillout colony’.
All images © Alix Shelest