Competition participants, Sasa Djak and Milica Vujovic recently won the community’s vote as best Rapidly-Deployable Shade Structure in the DesignByMany competition. The challenge asked professionals and students in the AEC community to submit proposals for a rapidly-deployable shade structure that could just as easily be deployed during a day at the beach or park, or in a desert environment. More images and project description after the break.
The structure is made up of unit elements which aim to provide protection from the sun, while still being easy to fold and unfold. The mechanism that has been applied makes it possible for the complex canopy to be folded into simple elements that are lightweight and can be carried by one person.
Unit elements are derived from the tetrahedron. Due to the geometric characteristics tetrahedron possesses, with combinations of the same elements, it is possible to achieve a great number of variations of the structure. These characteristics also open up the possibility of mass production.
The basic elements of the structure should be made of light wooden construction. Among the elements that make up the structure, there is a stretched canvas – spandex lycra, which provides solar shading against light and radiant heat. Canvas is easy to pack along with the entire structure.