Tensile Bamboo Shades

Project Summary

With the Santa Fe shade, Studio Impossible Projects made its first venture into tensile bamboo structures.

As the first iteration of its kind, the Santa Fe proves that it is possible to create a tensile shade utilising bamboo, fabric and stainless steel. The shade features marine grade fabric, treated bamboo and custom rigging adopted from the marine sailing industry.

The shade is entirely configured using computational design and digital fabrication. The organic nature of bamboo challenged us to think about how the digital data extruded by our design could be ‘translated’ unto the bamboo, ensuring that each bamboo member conforms to the parameters required allowing for quick assembly without the need for carpentry or artisan skills.

The tensile bamboo shade is flexible in its design and can be adapted to different locations. The techniques developed for these shades later formed the basis for our designs of larger bamboo structures.

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This unique design makes the staircase look like it is “floating” above the ground and it can be adapted for use within and outside modern interior office spaces or large residences. The staircase design can be uniquely adopted and customised, with or without railing, for varying locations and uses depending on your requirements. With its contemporary look and versatile functionality, this staircase can be an exclusive centrepiece that is completely functional.

Decorative Ceilings

A room and its use can be transformed by changing or adapting the shape of its ceiling. In past projects we have been challenged to precisely that; what can be done in order to change the look and feel of a particular space.

Likeminds, a theatre foundation in the Netherlands, approached us to transform a rehearsal space for a theatre company in Amsterdam into a space that exudes warmth and was acoustically better suited for an audience.

In conjunction with ‘Baranowitz Kronenberg Architecture’, Jasper Niens through “superproject”, his former collaboration, was engaged for the design, engineering and supervision of the 400 m2 stretch ceiling of the event space of the W Hotel in Amsterdam.

Geodesic Domes

Check out our article on the Geodesic Dome Installation for the Sea Games in New Clark City

Free Form Parametric Space Truss Systems

Derived from the grid-shell pioneered by Vladimir Shukhov, ‘Free-Form Parametric Space Truss System’ is a build technique that emanated as a result of Jasper’s development of free form sculptures. First pioneered in his art piece titled 510. It was further developed such that the skin was made an integral part of the structure in 510-II, and its applications were tested even further in UTMT.