RhinoVAULT - Designing funicular form with Rhino


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Using reciprocal diagrams, it provides an intuitive, fast method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three-dimensional problems. Our goal is to share key aspects of our research in a comprehensible and transparent setup to let you not only create beautiful shapes but also to give you an understanding of the underlying structural principles.

"The resistant virtues of the structure that we seek depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable, not because of an awkward accumulation of material. There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this: to resist through form." - Eladio Dieste, 1996.

Please, cite our paper "Interactive Vault Design" when publishing work (partly) designed with RhinoVAULT.


Rippmann, M., Lachauer, L. and Block, P., Interactive Vault DesignInternational Journal of Space Structures 27(4): 219-230, 2012.

Rippmann, M. and Block, P., Funicular Shell Design ExplorationProceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the ACADIAWaterloo/Buffalo/Nottingham, Canada2013