Precedent_Santa Caterina Market | Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT)
The process started by looking into two-dimensional line patterns and developing a three-dimensional tile out of it. Each line from the pattern was given a specific “depth” when they behave structurally in the tile, some taking up tensile stress, the others for compression. Two types of tiles are developed, one from line work of a cable net ,the others from a double layered grid (space frame).
All the surfaces of the tiles are resolved into two dimensional surfaces, modeled with card board and glued, which correspond to water-jet steel plate cutting and welding techniques in actual construction realm.
Steel plate welded columns with stiffeners receive loads from the roof tiles and transmit to the ground , and they are placed with considerations of the tributary areas of the roof.
The roof has another layer of glazing clad, and the four sides are enclosed by glass walls independent from the major steel structure.