Kinematics of Folded Glass Plate Structures: Study of a Deployable Roof System

Alkistis Krousti, Ate Snijder, Michela Turrin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

21 Downloads (Pure)


The purpose of this paper, as part of a MSc graduation project, has been to explore to which extent the kinematic potential of folded geometries can benefit from the structural and architectural properties of glass plates. Using as a case study the covering in an adjustable way an outdoor swimming pool area, the course of this paper consists of form evolution based on structural performance and development of a dual purpose connection and deployment principle developed through experimental testing. Both aspects are examined independently, in parallel processes, and the findings are combined and further evaluated. This study has shown that it is possible to create a self-supporting structure made out of plate elements which is also directionally deployable, without compromising the system’s stability and thus provides an important beginning to implementing complex structures that make use of the benefits of glass.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Challenging Glass Conference 6 (CGC 6)
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on the Architectural and Structural Application of Glass
EditorsChristian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Fred Veer, Rob Nijsse
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6366-044-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventChallenging Glass 6: International Conference on the Architectural and Structural Application of Glass - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 17 May 201818 May 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceChallenging Glass 6
Abbreviated titleCGC
OtherChallenging Glass is an international bi-annual conference that aims at gathering world class designers, engineers, researchers and industry partners to discuss on the architectural and structural use of glass.
Internet address


  • restoration
  • Consolidation
  • materiality
  • Structural glass
  • Transparency
  • reversibility
  • Compatibility
  • Aesthetics
  • Glass restoration


Dive into the research topics of 'Kinematics of Folded Glass Plate Structures: Study of a Deployable Roof System'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this