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Minimal surfaces for architectural constructions

Author(s): Velimirović Ljubica S. | Radivojević Grozdana | Stanković Mića S. | Kostić Dragan

Journal: Facta Universitatis - series : Architecture and Civil Engineering
ISSN 0354-4605

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Minimal surface | spatial roof surface | area | soap film | architecture

Minimal surfaces are the surfaces of the smallest area spanned by a given boundary. The equivalent is the definition that it is the surface of vanishing mean curvature. Minimal surface theory is rapidly developed at recent time. Many new examples are constructed and old altered. Minimal area property makes this surface suitable for application in architecture. The main reasons for application are: weight and amount of material are reduced on minimum. Famous architects like Otto Frei created this new trend in architecture. In recent years it becomes possible to enlarge the family of minimal surfaces by constructing new surfaces.