algorithmic modeling for Rhino

'THE SWARM' is a parametrical designed, free-standing, sculptural pavilion. It develops its form from the theme of a flying flock of birds. By joining 211 individual, CNC-milled modules the result is a play of density, light and shadow. The focus is yet on the characteristic features of a swarm of birds. The curve gives the pavilion the dynamic of a passing flock of birds which streaks the ground only for a glimpse and moves upwards to the sky in its next movement. At a second glance a complex system reveals itself, which is the base for the connection of the individual parts and the entire shape.

29.03.2012: the vernissage:

23.03.2012: we are done!


19.03.2012: folding

sorting things out

17.03.2012: making some progress:

16.03.2012: installing the steel birds:

classifying the 'birds':

folding the 'birds':

15.03.2012: building the foundation:

14.03.2012: cnc-milling the 'birds':

13.03.2012: material test at Materialprüfamt der Technischen Universität München:

the swarm-parametric pavilion from sascha posanski on Vimeo.

The development of the "SWARM" finds its origin in April 2011. At the Institute for Emerging Technologies at TU Munich, the idea was born in collaboration with visiting professor Charles Walker as part of an internal student contest. At the intersection between architecture, engineering and product design, The Swarm was chosen as the winner in July 2011 by a jury of renowned external architects, designers and industry representatives.


This first draft was the basis for the now presented final result: Within five months, the students Sabrina Appel, Max Langwieder and Sascha Posanski instructed by the assistants Nadine Zinser-Junghanns, Wieland Schmidt und Moritz Mungenast put the realization of the SWARM into practice. In doing so, the project became an exemplary cooperation between various departments of the Faculties of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy at the Technical University in Munich.


The developed structures lead to a result that is unique up to now. The main material used is the composite Alucobond. By combining various milling techniques an intelligent folding of the plane material is enabled, which are thus brought into a three-dimensional, stable form. Due to the character of the material the pavilion is weather resistant and thus suitable for use in outside areas. To compensate the forces affecting the sculpture, three different bird-modules were developed: one-way folded modules, modules with a folded Alucobond inlay and for the base points modules with a steel inlay. This method assures a consistent shape of the modules, an optimal distribution of forces and also supports the nodes.


Now a 1:1 model is realized in the outdoor area of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects. The 14 meter long, 4.75 meter wide and 4 meter high sculpture reflects the complex system it is based on. Viewing the pavilion from sideways it shows a dynamic flock of birds. In contrast the back view reveals the clear logic of the system by looking at the formation of the modules. The visitor is invited to discover the characteristics of The Swarm through one’s own personal experience and impressions.


The project is supported and sponsored by 3A Composites GmbH, Aluform, Metallbau Böhm, Würth, Erco, Terrafix, ThalerKies and Boels.

Engineering: Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner.


Opening: 29th of March 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition: 30th of March 2012 - 04th of Mai 2012

Outdoor area of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects

Haus der Architektur, Waisenhausstraße 4, 80637 Munich



Department of Emerging Technologies, TU Munich

Nadine Zinser

Wieland Schmidt (

Moritz Mungenast

Ulrike Fuchs



Sabrina Appel

Max Langwieder

Sascha Posanski

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Comment by Robert Juchnevic on April 11, 2012 at 12:57pm

great job!

Comment by architectenes on April 11, 2012 at 4:17am

super work. I congratulate you.


Comment by Wieland Schmidt on April 11, 2012 at 3:01am

Hi Anges, here is a here is a map how to find it:

It will be there until the end of Mai. Don't go there on Sunday the gate will be closed.

Comment by Ángel Linares on April 10, 2012 at 6:30pm

I hope to see in person, I'll be at Munich at the end of this month. I'm visiting TU too :)

Comment by Gregory Epps on April 5, 2012 at 9:58am


Comment by OZ on March 26, 2012 at 1:40am

It's just getting better! I'd love to be there.

Comment by ANGELOS on March 26, 2012 at 1:01am

FANTASTIC, "all them metal boids"!

You and your team have done really great work!

sorry I cannot attend the vernissage :(


Comment by Wieland Schmidt on March 25, 2012 at 3:33pm
Comment by fernando molas garcia on March 25, 2012 at 2:57pm

excellent work! looks great teamwork!

Comment by David Stasiuk on March 25, 2012 at 12:35pm

Great project!  Congratulations!





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