This 30-foot lightweight tower proves that the strongest architectural structures don’t have to be made from hard materials like concrete and steel. In fact, the Hybrid Tower is completely made from soft materials and textiles. A group of researchers, specialists and engineers at CITA – Centre for Information Technology and Architecture– an innovative research program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)– developed the project as a proof of concept and exhibited it at the Contextile festival in Guimaraes, Portugal.

The innovative manufacturing process allowed the team to knit materials as structural elements in a novel way. The tower comprises two main components–bent GFRP (glass fiber reinforced polymer) rods and a custom-made CNC knit. These two materials are extremely lightweight but are capable to form stiff structures that can withstand significant external forces through compression and tension.

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