thin-shell architecture based on multiConic geometry
Weather Tight - Permanent - Cost Effective - Super Strong and Flexible - No Internal Verticle Supports or Rafters - Quick Assembly - Unlimited Variations
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The Refuge. Here shown in 250 sq. ft. configuration. Made entirely of 1/2" Plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) material. This very simple structure is our candidate for the ultimate minimalist shelter. We have three of them up here at the Kissing Rocks (our home) and they're used as instant storage. I don't think it's possible to create permanent structure with this overall strength and longevity with less materials and less labor. We also have a 128 sq. ft. variety. Check out the video of the structure being erected at our youTube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNIl47ckPc8
Conic Shells are highly flexible in that they can move and deflect loads much like a trampoline. This 2 minute video shows the radical deformation that Conic Shells can withstand.
Click here to listen the KGUA radio interview with inventor Chuck Henderson by Peggy Berryhill. Recorded on 3/13/2012 this 20 minute interview gives an overview of Conic Shells and their 38 year history.
The refugeConic - 250 sq. ft. minimal structure made entirely of 1/2 plywood. No rafters or internal supports. Plans available - Click Here.
1050 Square Foot freestanding workshop assembled in 8 days with 3 man crew.. Composed entirely of 4x4 foot plywood panels.
Although the structure weighed 80 tons it was shown to support 13,000 tons before collapsing (a 1/165 weight to strength ratio!).
"Our goal is to create minimal structures with maximum structural integrity in all loading configurations - hurricane, earthquake, snow, even tornado" - Chuck Henderson Inventor.
Welcome to Conic Shells
Conic Shells ("Conics" for short) are a thin-shell architectural form built from thin materials like plywood or reinforced ferro-cement type concrete. Conics are a minimal, extremely cost effective, and highly versatile architectural form that relies on geometric curved configurations and material flexibility for superior strength. Assembled very quickly, Conics can be used as a residence, open-air shelter, shop, or office space. Multiple exterior, insulation and interior finish options are available.
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Two Visica Conics joined together. This basalt-reinforced cement structure provides a 1000 sq. ft. interior space suitable for residence or studio. The thin shell curvature and super-strong reinforced structure can support a sod roof for xerobic landscaping or gardening.
Conics can be fitted with opening acrylic skylights like the one picture above. Viewed from inside the skylight looks like a Jules Verne science fiction novel. All parts and fittings are stainless steel.
The computer wind analysis above shows a 100 mph wind flowing up and over a Conic Shell. The result is a net downward pressure on all points along the surface during high wind events. We suspect this is why mountains migrate to the multiConic geometry... it's because this geometry has outlasted millions of years of high winds.
|Ridge Conic (Above Anchor Bay... California) Slide Show. This was the first Conic Shelter built using a "fabrication-during-assembly" technique. Panels were attached together while the entire structure was being hoisted by a crane (gin-pole technique). This allowed workers to assemble the panels at, or near, ground level, speeding assembly and making the workplace safer. Click here to View.|
|What are Conic Shelters? And how can they be used to provide permanent, low-cost shelter for homes, offices, outbuildings, meeting spaces, and other uses?? Click Here to find out more.|
|How To Get Involved With Conic Shelters. Are you ready to experiment with this new form of shelter? There are many ways to participate in the exploration of the "multi-conic" structural geometry. Click Here to find out more.|
|Advanced Discussion 01. The multi-conic skin should theoritically be able to support itself without the need for internal tripod structures that extend all the way from the ground to the apex. Computer models reveal what a modified tripod ("generator") structure would look like. Click here for more. (Added 9/21/07). Click Here to find out more.|
|How Does Nature Use Conics? The oldest geometric forms on the surface of the earth are ancient mountain ranges. Examining the geometry of these ancient forms shaped by wind, rain, snow, sun, heat and cold reveals forms that in many cases duplicate the multi-conic geometry.|
|Is there a connection between the geometry and reported effects of the Great Cheops Pyramid of Egypt and multi-Conic geometry? The angular geometry is very similar. Click Here to find out more.|
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U.S. Patents 3,990,208 and 4,794,742