Use of Composite Materials in Organic Architecture

November 14, 2017

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First coined by Frank Lloyd Wright, organic architecture describes his environmentally-integrated approach to architectural design. It has been embraced by architects across the world and evolved further by using new materials – such as laminated composites - to create structures often without visible means of support. 

This webinar will introduce some recent applications where – with the help of advanced simulation tools like the Altair HyperWorks suite – architects have found original solutions to balance design, structural strength and cost. 

In particular, a study of an innovative wooden composite façade for the Varna Regional Library in Bulgaria, that acts as both an external support structure and louver system, will be discussed. 

Primary Topics: 
1. Current trends in modern organic building’s design 
2. How simulation inspires design while increasing performance 
3. Use of Altair’s ESAComp for wood-carbon façade design 
4. Future developments for wood-carbon hybrid composites 

Presenters: Atanas Zhelev and Luca Frattari 
Atanas holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Engineering from Tokyo University of Science and a Master Degree of Architecture from The University of Applied Arts in Vienna where he also studied at the famous Studio of Zaha Hadid. In 2016 he started his own design practice ‘Digital Architects’ with his partner Mariya Korolova. They certified their own Wood Carbon Composite Material and Construction Method named the Active Grid Monocoque System. 

Luca holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Industrial Design and is the Director of Business Development at Altair, having global responsibility for the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry.