Vittorio Giorgini

Module Octet, 1991

According to Giorgini, the Octet Module was intended to represent a model for the modern dwelling, created according to a technologically advanced construction method that was adaptable, light and inspired by natural organisms. The project relied on a system of octahedral frameworks, which had been used before on the Hydropolis and Genesis projects. The basic module is comprised of the octahedral unit, first assembled with a tetrahedron, then with two tetrahedrons and demi-octahedrons to form the second basic module, a spatial parallelogram, which is called an “octet.” By itself, the basic module defines a self-supporting structure. Assembled with other modules, it generates self-supporting beams, which are in turn combined to form beam systems on a larger scale. The basic frameworks are composed of metallic tubes of variable length with “universal” linking nodes, an expedient that further enhances flexibility by making it possible to build a potentially infinite series of combinations. This structural system also guarantees greater static efficiency because the geometry adopted by Giorgini, which, unlike orthogonal geometry, is based on the structure of natural elements produces “more stable triangulated forms and enables growth in six directions.”

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