At only 13,000 square feet, the Commongound community green space at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana presented large-scale structural challenges. The trellis structure, designed to support native vines, is built with only 1.25-inch steel rods (plants won’t attach to wider rods). To ensure stability of the structure and achieve a fractal-like cable pattern, we used a form-finding “precalculation” of cable geometry to speed up finite element modeling– potentially saving weeks in calculation time. Vierendeel trusses in the corners add lateral stability.

CORE studio Services: Fabrication Modeling
Thornton Tomasetti Practices: Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering
Thornton Tomasetti Project Page: The Commonground
Project Team: Diller Scofido + Renfro, OLIN Studio
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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