algorithmic modeling for Rhino

Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2012


Achim Menges Architect, Frankfurt
Prof. Achim Menges, Steffen Reichert, Boyan Mihaylov
(Project Development, Design Development)

Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Achim Menges, Steffen Reichert, Nicola Burggraf, Tobias Schwinn with Claudio Calandri, Nicola Haberbosch, Oliver Krieg, Marielle Neuser, Viktoriya Nikolova, Paul Schmidt
(Design Development, Scientific Development, Robotic Fabrication, Assembly)

Transsolar Climate Engineering, Stuttgart
Thomas Auer, Daniel Pianka
(Climate Engineering)

Image: Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert

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Comment by Aleksey on December 4, 2014 at 5:49am

Could you tell me where i can learn more information about this,may be you can advise a book

Comment by Lee Souder on November 28, 2013 at 1:06pm


Comment by posfan12 on September 30, 2013 at 1:30am

Reminds me of Farscape.

Comment by Boyan Mihaylov on April 26, 2013 at 7:43am

The veneer we used only worked in a rather small size range, so I don't think it would be applicable in 'facade panel' sizes. But perhaps you could think of a new type of material or system, perhaps more elaborately engineered, that works in a similar way and can vary more in surface and thickness...

Comment by Ignatius Christianto P on April 26, 2013 at 7:02am

It's really interesting, cause i'm working on a building project using these kind of constrains (climate). Well, i'm just starting using grasshopper and architecture, still in an undergraduate program. Is it possible using the same material if the panel size is bigger or the surface thickens? It's really an opportunity to develop this into applicable skin on buildings.

Comment by Boyan Mihaylov on August 29, 2012 at 1:59am

Hi Anna.

Since we're talking about a piece for an art exhibition, the interpretation of its specific purpose or scale remains rather free. However, if we look at it strictly, we have a prototype which reacts to real environmental conditions, the process of which requires very specific material properties that can only work on a certain scale. For example, the size, proportions and ratio of surface area to thickness of the veneer elements greatly influence their behaviour. Since we cannot scale the structure of wood and we want the elements to react homogenously, we are limited in a certain size range of the parts, which is purely dictated by the material. So, to answer your question, realistically viewed it is a 1:1 prototype. However, we wanted to present the structure as a segment of a larger body, therefore the boundaries of the sculpture appear as being "trimmed" by the box.

Comment by Anna Maragkoudaki on August 19, 2012 at 1:11pm

hi.i was wondering if this structure is destined to form some kind of building or a skin and if this prototype is scaled down or 1:1 scale...??

Comment by Behnood Eghbali on August 9, 2012 at 9:33am


Comment by yj on August 8, 2012 at 5:20pm

enjoyed your presentation at DAM for the AD launch. esp. the part where you engineered the veneers to open as the humidity decreased then engineered the veneers to reversed the condition for opening.

Comment by Roman Bablowsky on July 30, 2012 at 6:31am

gorgeous structure




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