FOXP is an interactive observation tower featuring a double-helix spiraling stair/slide, a large viewing platform, and tailored shadows. Its hyperboloidal exterior and helicoidal interior are both redundant tensegrity constructions. The pictured configuration, 42' high and wide, is designed to fold for transport inside a standard 53' tractor trailer.
STATUS: On hiatus due problems sourcing poles with honest metallurical reports. Comments, suggestions:
UPDATES, most recent first:
2018.04.27 Project on hiatus due to timeline slippage.
2018.04.06 Pole metal samples have failed yield/brittleness tests. Looking for new vendors.
2018.04.01 Vendors identified for cabling and brackets.
2018.03.23 Metal out for testing to check against metallurgy sheets.
2018.03.18 Pole vendor metal samples have arrived!
2018.02.20 Parametric CAD sketch and on-site assembly plan are complete with verified static stability. Sourcing parts.
2018.01.27 1st exoskeleton maquette.
2018.01.22 Design work on sheathing for post-BM installations
2018.01.16 Next round of grant applications out.
2018.01.10 Initial budget and work schedule (400+ tasks/items!)
2017.12.10 Seed funding!>
2017.11.18 On-site assembly plans (with and without cranes).
2017.11.04 Upgraded slide to smooth, banked design. Worked out planar development for min-cut sheet metal forming.
2017.10.21 Added a stair and segmented slide in skew double-helix formation. Contemplating handrails.