The OpenStructures blog.

OS > font by Tim Knapen

on 2013-11-09 03:31
Posted in: OS explorations .

Thanks thanks thanks Tim!

OS > Arena by Lukas Wegwerth

on 2013-10-10 18:47
Posted in: OS explorations .

OS Agora by Lukas Wegwerth in collaboration with Wendelin Kammermeier
Especially designed for and used at the UdK Graduale 2013

It's also the first TÜV proofed OS design ever :)!
Ready for production.

OS > trolley by Pierre-Benoît Pirlot and Saname Viseux

on 2013-10-10 05:08
Posted in: OS explorations .

Pierre-Benoît Pirlot:
"Open Trolley is a modular furniture based on the OpenStructures grid. With a very small range of pieces, we can generate easily many different arrangements.
All pieces are made by laser cutting. All vector drawings are open source and will be available soon. The trolley we've built is more like a beta-version : everyone is able to generate new models and pieces to improve or change when needed."

OS > London!

on 2013-09-10 22:25
Posted in: OS exhibitions .

We like > The flat-pack truck

on 2013-05-21 00:27
Posted in: What we like ... .


'British engineers have designed an Ikea-inspired flat-pack truck which will be shipped to developing countries to help people in remote villages transport essential supplies. British manufacturers will make the parts that will be gathered together at two locations, one in the Midlands and one in the south of England. The boxy, Lego-like truck will be shipped in pieces, stacked six to a container which could normally only carry two fully assembled vehicles."
"Our aim is to give people in the developing world an affordable means of doing for themselves what they rely on outsiders for--fetching water, distributing seed and fertiliser, carrying people and produce to market and providing access to medical help." Sir Torquil Norman

Global Vehicle Trust (GVT) has created a prototype truck to bring cheap and reliable transportation to the developing world. The aim was simple - GVT wanted to create a reliable, cost-effective, work-horse for people in the world’s most remote places. After considerable design work the 2.2 liter, diesel driven OX was born. Weighing in at 1,500kg the OX “will seat 13 people, carry eight 44 gallon oil drums” or deliver a 2,000kg payload, which ever you choose.

But to truly make the OX widely accessible, GVT took a page from modern furniture manufactures and turned the OX into a flat package for easy shipping and assembly on site. Once packed, six OXs can fit inside a single shipping container.

OS > Scaffolding by Lukas Wegwerth

on 2013-05-04 08:35

'We liked the functions and potential of scaffolding. 
So we adopted, expanded and made them open!'

Scaffolding systems are specialized, enclosed and consistent. In comparison OS Scaffold is open and ragtag. Basic elements are pipes, connector knots and endpieces.

Pipes can be any material and become customized with different endpieces. Connector knots can be added all along the pipes and again be quickly customized by exchanging its stackable parts. 

Appearance and specification can vary from heavy duty steel construction to light wood and fabric structures. Quick setup, growing range of compatible elements and the possible use and reuse of different materials leads to a highly customizable system.

Beyond temporary structures we also see potential for a gradual developing architecture, which grows over longer periods from temporary to permanent, always driven by the needs and dreams and ideas of the inhabitants 

The project is ongoing. Currently we are working on the realization of a first experimental setup existing of communal space and workshop on the ground floor and a terrace and tent-like structures as private spaces on first floor.

OS scaffolding is a design proposal of Lukas Wegwerth in collaboration with Thomas Lommée and Christiane Hoegner. It has been developed as the second OS apprenticeship project at the OS work_shop in Brussels. (the first OS apprenticeship project being the OS WaterBoiler by Jesse Howard)

various construction knots

Visualization of how parts relate to the OS grid.

First concept sketch by Lukas Wegwerth.

We like > N55 XYZ cargo bikes!

on 2013-05-03 22:10


'XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES enables persons to build their own vehicles for transporting persons or goods. XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES is based on a low cost, light weight, highly durable construction requiring only simple hand-held, non specialized tools to produce. With XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES, N55 offers a new alternative to mass produced traditional cycle products, often made from low grade materials and not made to last or being repaired.'
N55 in collaboration with Till Wolfer and Jesper Rølund

OS > New York!

on 2013-05-03 11:12
Posted in: OS exhibitions .

Adhocracy (+ OpenStructures) is travelling to New York and will be presented as part of the Ideas City festival at the New Museum.

“ 'Adhocracy' brings together an international group of designers, practitioners, networks, and platforms responding to epochal changes and questioning the very definition of design."

OS contributions by Ricardo CarneiroTristan KoppThomas Lommee, Jo Van Boastraeten, Christiane HoegnerMarijn van der PollFabio LoreficeJeroen Maes, Artin Usta, Lukas WegwerthLucas MaassenUnfold, Marie Caillaud, Eugenia Morpurgo, Juan Montero and Jesse Howard will be shown.

Apart from that all exhibition support structures have been designed according to the OS grid as a continuation of the tablescape scenography that was developed earlieron by Christiane Hoegner for the OS exhibit in Milan)

courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

New York, USA
May - July, 2013

OS > The Bee monitoring project by Okno + FabLab Barcelona

on 2013-05-02 17:45
Posted in: OS explorations .

Since 2009, Okno is researching the co-evolution between city honeybees and urban ecosystems in its OpenGreens and Bee Monitoring programs. Bee colonies are now threatened in all industrialized nations. Given that the survival of bees is crucial for human sustainability, there is a great urgency to improve by all means the ways in which colonies could thrive.

The research program surveys in an artistic way the multiple fields of interaction between honeybees and the (urban) ecosystem. It is remarkable to see how a bee population functions and evolves very much in accordance to the human activities we are developing around them: gardening and (urban) agriculture. The production of honey is different related to the flowers we grow, the plants we like, the garbage or pollution we produce. Bees are very responsive to the different biotopes that we share. Though we seem to have rather few insight into what constitutes the diversity of our surrounding living place, and that's something we want to research on a deeper level. As bio-markers, bees can give us valuable information about living conditions in our continuous productive urban landscapes.

To monitor the bees in a non-intrusive way we are building Intelligent Beehives. These are hives that are augmented with sensors and sensory processing algorithms that analyse the quality of pollen and propolis as well as the behavior of the bees in order to monitor the state of the ecology in the surrounding areas. In a first research phase, the people's hive of Abbé Warré was adapted to the grid of the Open Structures project. The new Warré-hives are a collaboration between OKNO Brussels, Fab Lab Barcelona and Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris. The Intelligent Warré Beehives are distributed in a European network, the data are available online and the creation of local biological Corridors can be consulted in realtime.

Okno Brussels (media – art – ecology) : and

Fab Lab Barcelona :

Sony Computer Science Lab Paris :

OS > Shoe soles by Eugenia Morpurgo & Juan Montero

on 2013-05-02 16:49
Posted in: OS Spin-offs .

OS shoe soles is an OS compatible version of the 'Don't run' concept shoes by Eugenia Morpurgo & Juan Montero, in collaboration with Sophia Guggenberger.

This new OS piece comes as a double-layered, dismountable shoe sole, in which some of the connection points and parts are designed from the OS grid. 

As the whole shoe is designed for disassembly it can be easily taken apart into silicon assembly buttons, a number of perforated rubber sheets (the soles), a rope and a piece of leather. 
As most perforations are OS compatible (see red dots on the shoe sole), all of these individual components can be recombined with existing OS parts (probably after some cutting) in order to be reused in new OS objects.

For more info on the 'Don't run' concept shoe, please visit > then click further to Footmade

Designed for disassembly.

'Sewn tegether' into a pair of shoes with OpenStructures assembly point pattern.

Profile, front, back!

The shoe production itself is reduced to only a few very simple assembly steps.The use of rapid manufacturing machines, like lasercutters, within a simplified assembly process will transfer shoe production lines from factory floors to the streets. The customer, viewer or citizen will become an active participant, engaging in production and, in doing so,  playing an important role in the making of his or her own pair of shoes.

Earlier try-outs.

Alignment of the shoe sole assembly point pattern to the OS grid.