Master Thesis: An Innovative sail-shaped shelter for the Ancient Ships Archaeological Site of Pisa.
Reciprocal structures, or nexorade, are composed by the assembling of groups of three or more beams mutually connected by mono-lateral T joints. This kind of structures can be easily built in relatively unprepared sites, dismantled, transported and re-used even by not specialized hand-craft.
The Thesis proposes the design of a reversible, reciprocal framed gridshell to shelter the Ancient Ships Archaeological Site of Pisa. A parametric workflow for both the form finding and the digital fabrication processes has been developed, and a prototype of accommodative steel T-joint for timber reciprocal beams has been realized. Finally, a laser cut model tested the feasibility of our design approach.