FracShell: From fractal surface to a lattice shell structure

Iasef Md Rian*

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‘FracShell’ was a digital design workshop as part of a computational morphogenesis project. This chapter outlines the workflow of the workshop highlighting the transformation of the fractal geometry, more specifically, the Takagi-Landsberg’s fractal surface, into a lattice shell structure. This workflow discusses how the mathematical model was transformed into the generative digital model, then the variables-based parametric model followed by the finite element model for the finite element structural analyses, and finally constructional model in order to construct the real-scale lattice shell structure. This workshop illustrates the easy manual construction of a complex digital design taking the advantage of the rule-based shape generations as well as the self-similar modular properties of fractal geometry. The versatility of wood in transforming the complex digital design into its real-scale physical structure has further been mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


  • FEM
  • Fractal geometry
  • IFS
  • Lattice shell
  • Parametric design
  • Wooden structure

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