Tensegrity Structure

In a tensegrity structure, the columns don’t need to be rigidly connected to the tensile “web.” The columns (or compressions members) simply stretch out a stable web of tension members. And when compression members are isolated from resisting torque, they are much less prone to buckling and can, therefore, be made from much smaller and lighter materials. Non-rigid connections are simpler and can require much less material and labor to construct than rigid connections. Utilizing the flexibility and stability of a tensile “web” with non-rigid connections gives the structure an inherent ability to slightly flex in resisting force, like an animal’s body, which results in dispersion and sharing of the load, and thereby makes the structure vastly more robust and resilient than a conventional rigid structure.