[Students pouring the fabric formed concrete bench - and getting advice from the concrete sponsor, Unicon]
Here's an older post with some images of references to benches.No blow outs
The pieces of this year's workshop weren't super tall - the tallest formwork was 140 cm high. Out of 12 pieces and 4 cubic meters of concrete, we had no blow outs - yipee - this wasn't really the case last year. Formwork pieces were all 2 meters high - and only one student piece survived in its initial state... read more about last years workshop here.
Below are some images of the Clover Bench. More info to follow. Enjoy!
['Trekløver', the Clover. Fabric formed concrete bench. Student work at TEK1]
Do I need to say that the focus was on fabric formwork?
Besides being the subject of my research, fabric formwork has great potentials for introducing concrete to students of mostly no previous experience to either pouring or building formwork - in fact building anything yet :)
First of all, building with light weight fabric lets you produce quite large structures just because the weight of the formwork structure is kept down.
More importantly (says the teacher) there's a structural hierarchy in building fabric formwork - an apparent material dialogue to be considered. The material dialogue is between the concrete and the three elements that the formwork is made out of: the frame holding the fabric, the fabric itself, and a restraining method to keep the fabric in tension and control bulges during the pour.
When the concrete is poured as an almost ruthless matter the formwork is really put to the test. All choices made during the construction of the formwork results in a direct formal consequence on the form and surface of the concrete.
[Fabric form for the 'Clover' - without the inner form, Student work]
Formwork statics is quite an interesting subject - designing formwork structures the students get a grasp of pure tectonics. Quite simple structural principles may result in striking concrete forms :)
[The funky inner form for the Clover. Students used scrap vinyl flooring to create a smooth surface inside the bench. Student work]
Credits to the members of the Clover team who built the formwork shown above: Alva Altgård, Symra Joner Andbo, Helga Hallgrimsdottir, Rasmus von Wurstemberger Nielsen, Marie Rugholm Nielsen, Andreas Klestrup Hansen. Students study at RDAFA or DTU
The workshop was part of a course held by the Institute of Technology and co-teachers were Johannes Rauff Greisen and Finn Bach