A Mission for MARS
Designed by Form Found Design in collaboration with Walter P Moore, MARS Pavilion is derived from a catenary structure using concrete in its most natural state: compression. It is also the first robotically built concrete structure in southern California.
"What about this concrete structure caught the fancy of the richest man in the world? The structure itself is only part of the answer. The story behind its fabrication is much more complex, and therein lies the odyssey of two entrepreneurs who set out to reinvent custom precast concrete.
After scaling up to 14 feet tall, the team realized they needed to call in engineering reinforcements. Steve Lewis, Ph.D., P.E., FRSA; Kais Al Rawi, JEA; and Cheryl Luo of Walter P Moore Engineering came on board for the project and the team began to look at geometries that would take advantage of the inherent strengths of concrete, primarily its compressive strength properties." MOORE...