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How-To:  Build A Reciprocal Roof

Brian Liloia documented his build of this unusual round roof in 2008, while living in Missouri. This type of self-supporting structure, in which each beam bears the weight of another, and has its weight born by yet another, and all arranged such the load is thus distributed ’round in a continuous cycle, is called a reciprocal frame. It requires at least three members, and you can build a simple working model with matchsticks. [via No Tech Magazine]

12 thoughts on “How-To: Build A Reciprocal Roof


    I can say that it was great design roof but I’m just
    thinking if it’s tough too, I like roof with unique designs and can be use for
    commercial purposes. Some people already have it, I was planning to establish
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  2. Oh, this model can perfectly fit houses on the seashores! I can imagine resorts restaurants or rest houses using that kind of roof. They can either cover it with colored plastic or huge leaves for a more gorgeous effect!

    Galliena Gornet

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