Göttingen Collection of Mathematical Models and Instruments

Model Tensegrity

Model 652



In spite of the rods not touching this object is stable against pressure from every direction due to the continuous tension between the rods. This object was built by Karl-Heinz Volmer who donated it to the collection in 2017.


Tensegrity is an artificial word consisting of "tension" and "integrity". It describes a cluster of objects that do not touch, but are held in place by continous tension. Tensegrity was invented by architects and is nowadays used in e.g. bridges and modern art.

Text written by: Julia Bienert

Translated by: Julia Bienert

Showcase of this model is Case number 30