We are working on an underwater version of the SPACEPLATES project. Lloyd Godson, marine biologist and Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year will live underwater in a self repairing underwater habitat in Sydney harbour to inspire young people to conserve Australia's biodiversity, especially in the marine environment. The structure is designed by N55 and Anne Romme in collaboration with Anne Bagger, M.Sc. PhD.

Learn about Lloyd's work here: Lloydgodson.com and about the specific project here: tikandbubbles.org

Nautilus model

Anne Romme
Ongoing research
Model: HDF, 2mm, lasercut

Naturally occurring geometries continues to inspire. This is an example of the SPACEPLATES system tiled as a nautilus-like form. Surfaces with negative Gauss-curvature requires special attention, and in this preliminary sketch, only the part of the nautilus with positive Gauss-curvature has been solved.


SPACEPLATES Greenhouse, Bristol, UK

In collaboration with N55, Jon Sørvin.

The test assembly of the first module of the SPACEPLATES greenhouse. We have performed structural tests today (satisfactory). There is still a lot of work remaining, but we are very happy with this first large SPACEPLATES structure. If you have a chance, please come by Kulturfabrikken on Amager to have a look. We will be there for the month of December.



The land which is now occupied by single-family houses in the suburbia surrounding Copenhagen (and all Western cities) was once farming land for the production of food for the city. As the building of the suburbs pushed farming land further and further away from the city center, our food production has become increasingly industrialized. Today, the connection between the land of the suburbs and the dinner table of teh city has almost disappeared.

Simultaneously, inhabitants of our cities live in separate places and realities. City dwellers rarely visit the suburbs, and people from the suburbs mostly consider the city as a place of jobs, entertainment and shopping.

InstantHERLEV Institute (based in the suburb of Herlev, founded by Anja Franke), N55 and Anne Romme are working on a project called ONE CITY CAMPAIGN based on the reestablishment of a fruitful relationship based on exchange between the city and the suburb.

The project will take place at InstantHERLEV Institute and at Krøyers Plads in Copenhagen, starting summer 2011. It will involve food production, the building of a local bakery in Herlev, alternative transportation strategies in the form of N55 SPACEFRAME VEHICLES, nomadic living in N55 WALKING HOUSE, a SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE and a farmers market at Krøyers Plads, various public events and (in collaboration with architect Morten Tejlgaard) a floating sauna.


A project proposal recently developed in collaboration with Ion Sørvin, N55.

SHELTERS is a low-cost, highly durable system that provides basic shelter for persons
against rain, sun, cold and wind. SHELTERS can be placed both in cityscapes and landscapes
and can be used by any person that needs a break from the weather conditions,
needs to rest or needs a place to sleep.

SHELTERS are build from thin weather resistant plates of aluminum. All the plates are
marked according to an assembling system and can easily be handled by one person.
The plates are cut out, folded and connected using nuts and bolts and a sealant. The form resembles
the geometry of an egg with one large entrance opening and seven smaller window
openings. Windows are made using polycarbonate plates. The structure is positioned in
a shallow excavation in the ground and a thick layer of sand is applied inside in bottom to
make it wind resistant. Finally a soft insulating material such as hay is provided as a bed.

Sea Urchin Geometry

This tessellation technique mimics that of the sea urchin. It consists of evenly distributed, uniform hexagons, which decrease in size towards the poles.

The animation suggests that a user could customize their own shell by choosing the resolution of the tessellation. It is part of our work toward a “Print your own house”-system for your SPACEPLATE system. It is generated by a Grasshopper definition.



Plate structures principally consists of hexagons joined along their edges without any supporting structure underneath. The resulting Y-shaped vertices between three hexagons meeting in any given joint result in an ideal distribution of forces along the edges of the structure.

The hexagonated tesselation of a given doubly-curved surface can be based on a range of different principles. So far I have studies three methods: a sea urchin-inspired method, a continuous spiral and a combination of the two. The drawings are all based on a sphere; the ultimate doubly-curved surface. Models with various perforation patterns can be found  here

sea urchin spiralSea Urchin 6-axissea urchin spiralurchin spiral hybrid

SPACEPLATES plywood prototype production

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176 (15 different) plywood pieces
Glue joints
Finished prototype

This prototype was developed in collaboration with Ion Sørvin and N55; the first full scale test of our SPACEPLATES building system.

It was produced at The Danish Art Workshops in July-August 2010.

3D-software generated precise drawings and measurements for the cutting of 176 (15 different kinds) plywood pieces. We used the table saw at the wood workshop. The form was constructed using glue joints with no underlying supporting structure; a pure plate structure.The result was a beautiful room of unusual geometry, acoustics and spatial experience. Being inside, one felt strangely removed from time and space.

The actual prototype has been dismantled, but the results will be part of a larger (approximately double the size) floating structure that is currently being developed.


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SPACEPLATE models, white PVC
Sea urchin geometry, without and with perforation
Geometry: One contiuous spiral, two different versions
Geometry: combination of spiral and sea urchin, two different versions

All model parts are fabricated of white PVC on our CNC-router.

For drawings, see here