BEND 9 pavilion – Autodesk Pier 9


The Bend 9 case study showcases another take on form-conversion for bending-active plate structures that consists of many components. This project is a multi-layered arch that spans over 5.2 m and has a height of 3.5 m. It was built to prove the technical feasibility of using bending-active plates for larger load-bearing structures. In comparison to the previous case study, this project implements a different tiling pattern and explores the possibility of significantly increasing a shape’s rigidity by cross-connecting distant layers with each other. 

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Design, Engineering, and Scientific Development

Dipl.-Ing. Riccardo La Magna

Collaborating Institutions

University of California, Berkeley –
Department of Architecture
University of Stuttgart –
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)

Consulting and Logistical Support

Mei-yen Shipek

Assembly and Construction

Stefanie Hickl, Martin Horn,
Riccardo La Magna,
Josh Campbell Myers,
Gabriel Patin,
Simon Schleicher,
Mei-yen Shipek,
Trent Still

Consulting and Logistical Support

Mei-yen Shipek

Industry Partner
Autodesk, Pier 9