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d-WEB: Distorting the archetypical roof (Extension course for project construction)
Designed by students from Contemporay Architecture Course

Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP), Brazil
Built with Grant of USD 1,200 by Fundação Antônio dos Santos Abranches (FASA)

The d-WEB prototype, conceived and constructed in the Contemporary Architecture course, intertwines threads to form a dynamic structure aimed at fostering connections between students and campus users. Designed to stimulate sensations and reflections often overlooked in daily routines, it serves as an integrated and interactive element within the campus environment.


Despite a limited budget and tight schedule, the prototype was built in just 3.5 days with the assistance of two carpenters from the school's wood shop. Employing digital design techniques, the structure evolved from a traditional double-sloped house archetype to a distorted form resembling a web, with plastic tubes replacing conventional roofing materials commonly found in the region.


Constructed using pine timber and naval plywood planks, the prototype features cross-trusses and a base frame coated in black paint, with symbolic words representing d-WEB imprinted on the base.

d-WEB occupying the campus during the Integration Week annual event

d-WEB sits in the garden alongside its main path

Study model

Floor plan

Side elevation

The construction rational: Linear pine timber shaped cross-trusses

Assembling phase in the garden

Student install colorful plastic tubes at site

The traditional double-sloped house archetype was progressively distorted

d-WEB set at the site

The building skin as a web of plastic tubes, commonly used in vernacular chairs which are popular in the region

Detail of roof ridge

Words that symbolized d-WEB were imprinted over the base.

A campus' user exploring d-WEB

Not your regular sloped roof

d-WEB fully activated, engaging with people on campus

d-WEB connections and movement are on

d-WEB became a hotspot for selfies

d-WEB at night

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