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|WHAT IS A SPACE FRAME STRUCTURE?|
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|A space frame structure is three dimensional, based on an interlocking geometrical pattern. This type of structure is lightweight and capable of taking high loads (heavy weights) and withstanding structural stress. They tend to be used to span large areas and are often built up from triangulated or hexagonal elements, forming a matrix. Tensile and compressive forces are spread / distributed, throughout the matrix. Larger space frames allow movement, which dampens forces produce by high wind speeds and earth quakes.|
|A space frame structure is characterised by a single large interior space, with no columns or supports interrupting the open area. An excellent example of this, is the Biomes Buildings, of the the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Each space frame structure is based on a hex-tri-hex space frame, a composition of hexagons and triangles. This is a very lightweight structure and yet provides structural strength. The Biomes house a rain forest and other environmental attractions.|
|This image is taken from inside one of the ‘biomes’ and clearly shows the hexagonal structure of the space frame.|
|ADVANTAGES OF SPACE FRAME STRUCTURES|
|Space frame structures are lightweight and yet strong.
They vary in size.
The frame is manufactured offsite (prefabricated) and transported to the location of the build.
They can be temporary or permanent structures.
They are easy to set up and on a small scale, ideal for parties / celebrations. The type of structure is constructed for wedding / birthday celebrations or music events, by an Events Company.
The structure is usually bolted together, allowing a quick build and if required, dismantling.
They provide efficient use of internal space, as there are no columns or internal supports.
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