Category Archives: Haddy, M.

Model Photos

Here are some photos of my model on our sweet site model.


Site Model Process

Here is a slideshow of our sweet site model process.  Missing two photos:  The body filler application and both pieces of the model put together finished.

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Final Ampitheater

 Hello bloggers! It’s hard to believe that the studio is over. The final reviews went very well for me and I got quite a bit of helpful input on my project which made me realize some things about it that I otherwise wouldn’t have.  I was impressed with the broad spectrum of reviewers; it was refreshing to hear the opinions of people who were very knowledgeable in their respected, related field.  It was also very nice getting input from Ann and Larry from Cambridge once again. Hopefully I will get to work with some of these people again in the future.

 Here are some images from my final project. I posted .pdf’s of my final posters if you want a closer look. 

Expect photos of my model by Saturday!


            My project proposal involved the construction of two buildings along a central datum line. One, a pavilion that houses the public restrooms as well as concessions conveniently located off the intersection of the two main paths. The buildings roof also acts as a shading device for spectators/ performers. The other building serves primary pavilion that houses the theater itself and performers area.           

            The structure of the buildings involve a network of concave and convex blade members. When the mesh is stretched in between the members, it creates a hyperbolic looking, but actually a ruled surface where the mesh undulates. This undulation creates an interesting reflection while creating a translucent spatial experience for both the performer and viewer. The detailing of the main mesh connections were inspired by my chair details; the mesh is tensioned by compression springs with threaded hooks running through so the tension can be adjusted. These springs are “stepped” (refer to detail) so they can be accessed from the under side for easy maintenance. 

            Where weather protection is needed such as over the restrooms and concessions, PTFE is used in it’s place to keep with the flow of the building.

            Brazilian Ipe wood decking covers the stage and backstage. It’s a very hard, very durable wood that fits together with a tongue and groove connection. Water drains in between the slots of this wood, concealing the drains.

            The stage backing itself is paneled with a material from a company called 3Form called “Vari-Ecoserin,” a plastic pressure fit partition held in place by brackets.

            As far as the schematics go, the performers area is partially submerged into the ground under the stage area. This area designed to create a separation between the main performers and the orchestra. A covered central staircase serves as the egress from the underground to the backstage area. A path extends from a loading dock/handicap parking lot to the rear entrance, then around the building to where the seating area is, connecting with the concessions and restrooms. The concessions is located directly behind the seating area for convenience. This seating area actually doesn’t involve actual seats at all. This area, located in front of the stage is stepped, so that there is a suggestion of where to sit while keeping a natural, grassy feel.


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Another Project of Interest

Here is a PDF of a current design-build project in the works by Michael Haddy, Ryan Wellinghoff, and Matt Scott. The project is a louver awning system that utilizes mesh to reduce the solar heat gain in a building on Vine Street in Cincinnati. It was just approved by the Cincinnati’s HCB and is in the permitting stage.  Enjoy!


Phase 2: Synthesis-TENSILE FLX, Designer Lounge


Phase 2: Beginning

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Phase 1: Case Studies Yo



Phase 1: Case Studies


Here’s the PDF version if you want to take a closer look.


After briefly looking into some select case studies, and after feedback from my peers last Wednesday, I’ve decided to explore some of the different functional and sustainable aspects tensile structures can provide, and some of the creative and sustainable ways architects are using these systems.

I think what really got me going about these structures in the first place, is the lightness of these structures as a visual, physical and sustainable approach, using a minimum of materials to impact our environment.

The first project I looked at is The Schlumberger Research Facility by Hopkins Architects. It’s common spaces are broken down into three bays of a fabric roof which covers the drilling-rig test station and the main social space known as the ‘winter garden’. They mutually benefit from the roof form; The workshop needs the height for drilling, and it’s light and shape gives it the character of an outdoor space with ample weather protection for the winter garden.

The roof is supported on the exterior by a “cat’s cradle” (as Hopkins calls it) of cables, which transmits the weight of the fabric to the ground via four structures acting like suspension bridges.

The translucent fabric, PTFE, or Teflon coated fiberglass provides these main spaces with natural light without the blinding glare of the sun. It’s self cleaning and light.

The Second Precedent I looked at which I thought was pretty cool was the newly built Rosa Parks Transit Center, designed by FTL Design Engineering Studio.

It includes a passenger terminal and roof canopy covering a drop off and outdoor waiting area, it’s been said to have “a pivotal role in providing alternate means of public transportation to the greater Detroit area.” I really enjoyed the way the roof structure was designed withstand harsh weathers. It’s durable, easy to maintain, inexpensive and unique.

 Like Schlumberger, the tensile structure is broken down into bays. Each bay consists of a double conical membrane suspended between two A-frame trusses with only two compression members within each bay. Is flowing canopies to create an active visual space and naturally day light the space. “It challenges the conventional notion of roof where the membrane both hovers 50 ft in space, and in other areas brought to ground and to act as a giant water collector. How this works (refer to diagram) Preciptate drains into these grassy areas, then is directed down through a couple layers of crushed stone and rock, and flows into a storage and distribution tank.  In the winter, the heavy snow is directed to the ground and is designed to be shoveled away by trucks.

I also looked at a project in development by Foster + Partners, The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Kazakhstan.

It’s 500ft high from an elliptical base to form the highest peak on the Astana skyline. The building encloses an area in excess of over 300,000 square feet within its dome.

The roof is constructed from Tri-Layer insulating envelope of ETFE suspended on a network of cables strung from a central spire. This special material ETFE is different from the traditional PTFE envelope (the material I mentioned before with Schlumberger) It is actually a flexible transparent plastic material (not translucent like ETFE and it’s more insulative)

The layering of the transparent material allows sunlight through which, in conjunction with air heating and cooling systems is designed to maintain an internal temperature to maintain the greenery of it’s urban-scaled park.

Also, as an aside unrelated to the other projects, I researched a special Photovoltaic tensile material which comes in units called the PowerMod 1200M™ made by a company called FTL (Surprisingly not related to the FTL who designed Rosa Parks Transit Center). It’s made of a PVC mesh with solar panels woven into it. From doing some research I found it’s mainly used by the US Armed forces for Expedition Base Camps, Recharging Humvees, Small Unit Operations, and Mobile Tactical Units Such as Medical, Refrigeration, and Communications.

-Its Average Daily Output: 4.5 KWH– About 1/6th of an average homes daily power consumption.

-Operating Voltage (V): 24 Volts

-Operating Current (Amps): 38.4 Amps

Stay tuned for the beginnings of Part 2! I’m excited to start experimenting with these structures myself.