Enrique Soriano, Pep Tornabell (CODA)
Dora Komlossy, Alma Toth, Akos Takacs, Peter Krompaczki, Paul Greschik, Irina Hoppe, Daphne Zografou, Marta Ventura
CODA Studio is famous of building light structure installations with the most up-to-date computerized technology and of using the newest scientific innovations in architecture. They used wood stave to build a toroid, doughnut-shaped structure with low-tech manufacturing process, highlighting the flexibility of wood.
Big O project aims to build a toroid out of timber planks. Beyond the aesthetic qualities and the space continuity, toroids embbed the challenge of building a combination of synclastic and anticlastic double curvature, which in last terms, is a very self-stiffening and efficient shape. Hopefully, we realized of a win-win coincindence: Timber planks can be easily built when following geodesic curves, and geodesic curves on toroids are periodic. This suggests the nice opportunity of building a toroid out of flat and very long connected planks that would self-interlock into a doubly-curved gridshell.