For six years, through both research and practice architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu (Tonkin Liu) have developed a pioneering ‘tailored’ surface structural technique with structural engineers Arup. This unique shell-lace structure integrates the 500 million year-old structural principles of seashells and the ancient art of tailoring with today’s powerful digital tools, resulting in stunning geometric forms that gain strength and lock in stiffness through curvature and corrugation.

The talk coincides with an exhibition The Evolution of Shell Lace at the RIBA and developed in conjunction with their MArch design studio at Westminster. The exhibition, open until 18 October, explores the dichotomy between the analogue and the digital, beauty and efficiency, research and practice.

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