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    • ISSN: 1793-8236 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title Int. J. Eng. Technol.
    • Frequency:  Quarterly 
    • DOI: 10.7763/IJET
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IJET 2015 Vol.7(1): 30-35 ISSN: 1793-8236
DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2015.V7.761

Structural Design and Construction of Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings

Kyoung Sun Moon

Abstract—While the early design of tall buildings culminated with the dominance of the International Style, today’s pluralism in architectural design has produced tall buildings of many different forms, including more complex forms, such as twisted, tilted, tapered and free forms. This paper presents performance-based structural system design options for complex-shaped tall buildings. For each complex form category, tall buildings are designed with various structural systems, such as braced tube, diagrid and outrigger systems, and the structural performance of each system, in conjunction with the building forms and heights, is studied. Parametric structural models are generated to investigate the impacts of varying various important geometric configurations of complex-shaped tall buildings, such as the rate of twist, angle of tilt, angle of taper and degree of fluctuation of free form. The parametric models are exported to structural engineering software for analyses, design and comparative studies. While an emphasis is placed on the structural performance of complex-shaped tall buildings, architectural and construction issues are also discussed holistically.

Index Terms—Twisted tall buildings, tilted tall buildings, tapered tall buildings, freeform tall buildings, diagrids, braced tubes, outrigger structures.

Kyoung Sun Moon is with Yale University School of Architecture, New Haven, CT 06511 USA (e-mail: kyoung.moon@ yale.edu).


Cite: Kyoung Sun Moon, "Structural Design and Construction of Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 30-35, 2015.

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