Galaxy Toyama Gymnasium, Imizu, Japan (1990-1992)
This file documents the design and construction of the Galaxy Toyama Gymnasium in Imizu, Toyama, Japan. The project was developed as a theme pavilion for the 1st Japan Expo Toyama in 1992. The roof of the gymnasium is an undulating space frame structure with ball joints. Computers were used to find an optimum form for the roof and to calculate the dimensions of each component.
The file contains approximately 200 design development drawings. There are also working drawings, including 72 numbered architectural drawings and 44 structural drawings. Digital material includes a 3-dimensional model of the roof and sections from a photoelasticity experiment. The remainder of the digital files consist of digital images of the built work and scans of drawings.There are a number of images printed out from computer files, including photoelasticity models and 3-D perspectives of the roof and of the building interior. There is a series of images from computer simulations of the roof dating from 1996. A set of 12 presentation panels contain wireframe images of the roof. There is a small amount of textual material, including proposal documents, graphics for the name of the building, publications and facsimile transmissions. Material in this file was created between 1990 and 2012, but predominantly between 1990 and 1992.
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