Cantilevered Extravaganza
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The design proposal of this space is a cantilevered structure with minimal ground contact. Two U-shaped masses create the cantilevered space; one of them supporting the other. In an effort to keep the structure as thin and continuous as possible, steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) is proposed instead of the traditional wire mesh used in concrete systems. The filleted surfaces are possible through the use of SFRC, since placement of rebar is no longer an issue. Had rebar been the primary reinforcement technique, the structure would need to be thicker, and reinforcing would have to be different on the walls than on the floor/roof (placement of rebar toward the bottom of horizontal surfaces, and toward the middle of vertical surfaces – to aid in tensile resistance and lateral resistance respectively). | full text