Dhruvi Tanay Shah


Arborize Art Center

Steel is a material with enormous possibilities and can take various forms. To understand how the material is used in building construction, we need to first understand the fundamental engineering concepts and theories related to steel design. Throughout the course of the studio, we take up case studies, solve problems related to analysis and design of structural systems, and also visit a site to understand practical scenarios that help us develop our knowledge of the material. Combing the architectural principles of space making and steel construction, we designed an art center located at Gandhinagar. Arborize art center is designed keeping in mind what the site has to offer and the opportunities that steel provides as a building material. Inspired from the natural shapes, its structural system consists of dendriform columns and a butterfly roof which boast of the strength and flexibility of the material. This system is then analysed and designed using STAAD based on which the structural drawings have been made to reflect the steel sections used.

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Initial explorations

Case studies

Analysis and design of a portal frame

Site visit to an industrial shed

Concept Development

Plan , Views

Sections, Exploded view

STAAD analysis and design

STAAD analysis and design

Structural drawings