Flip Formwork


Flip Formwork I Adderley, Casselman, Connolly, Stora I 2011

The flip formwork system is an evolution of the slipform casting method.  However, this system does not work off of the traditional planar system, instead it utilizes individual linear elements in order to create a flexible formwork.  By breaking down the planar system into smaller units, a freedom of section is achived that traditional systems do not have the flexibility to allow for. Each linear unit rotated off of a specific point from the previous  unit, creating the undulating section. This system incorporates many aspects of the construction process, i.e. formties, falsework and scaffolding as design paramters.  Each element was orchestrated not only as a means of construction, but also as an architectural element.   It was proposed either as a manipulated slipform system, where each pour can be redefined formally, or by utilizing the formwork in the final space, becoming a formal architectural element.
Response and Intended Use:
The flip formwork system, its methodology and theory, embody the overall direction for this thesis project.  Although successful in many areas, the shortcomings provide an opportunity to explore the system in a more academic and methodical way.  Resolving some the issues the prototype has become a starting point for preliminary series of analysis models.  Issues like the formties not successfully interlocking with the wall panels and determining how the formwork gets repurposed  are areas that are still to be developed both conceptually and technically.   
Key Concepts: 
 Freedom of Section                                                                                                                                                                            Evolving Form                                                                                                                                                                                Individual Linear Elements                                                                                                                                                                    Flipped System
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