RIBA Research Trust Award

RIBA Research Trust Award for Shell Lace Structure

Tonkin Liu has been awarded a research grant from RIBA for the continued development of Shell Lace Structure. The innovative structural technique, which generates ultra-light single-surface structures, is being developed with engineers ARUP. Advanced digital design, analysis, and fabrication tools, together with traditional tailoring techniques, are used in the Shell Lace Structure’s iterative design process, to construct complex three-dimensional forms using the minimum amount of material. The first large-scale built prototype is Rain Bow Gate.