In simple words, a hyperbolic paraboloid is nothing but an infinite curvy surface shaped like a saddle, with the ultimate bits that goes up and bits that goes down.If you chop off most of the infinity, you will get a truncated hyperbolic paraboloid, which is a bit like the one to the right.
Most importantly for your purposes, truncated hyperbolic parabolas can be used on an architectural basis, and usually as roofs. They even look very pretty, as there’s no way that rain will be going to pool on such a warped surface.
London has plentiful important examples. Let the buzzfeed will tremble in jealousy as we have presented the top four truncated hyperbolic parabolas in the capital.
Being decorated by Hopkins Architects for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the unique velodrome has won so many architectural prizes. If we were in charge, we had open up a daredevil track along the parabolic roof perimeter; perhaps with a ball pool below, in order to catch the plummeting riders.
From outside, this Kensington landmark has looked like a giant tent in the park. The elegant effect is being achieved by the pinning 25 tons of copper onto; you will guess it. Well, that’s nothing but a hyperbolic paraboloid. The former Commonwealth Institute is currently closed for undergoing a major renovation. It will open in the year 2016 as the new home for the Design Museum.
School dinners are completely rubbish, right? Unless they have been serving beneath a truncated hyperbolic paraboloid. The pupils of Catford’s poshest school can able to get that space-age experiences every day; so say thanks to this striking dining room from the early 60s. Former student Chuka Umunna has no doubt endured many a lumpy portion of custard in this wondrous place.
OK, this one is technically a truncated elliptical paraboloid, but these listicles can always get a bet desperate towards the end. Like St Dunstan’s, this exquisite market building was erected between the years 1961 and 1963. You will hardly notice it from the outside, but the interior is one of the most jaw-dropping attractions around London. Being a wide,open, centrally unsupported concrete blanket, it stretches over the vendors of chickens below. You’ll find here amazing space at the far eastern end of the market comlex, and you’re quite welcome to wander in during market hours.