Mesh Grammars: Cabinet of Cupolas
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How can one create a highly articulated architecture using a novel method of folding? A series of domes is designed by using a dynamic process entitled mesh grammars. (with Michael Hansmeyer)
We develop an instrument to evolve primitive geometries into highly articulated structures that manifest a new architectural language. We do not directly design the form itself, but rather the computational process to produce it. We conceive of a procedural approach called ‘mesh grammars’, a collection of iterative mesh refinement strategies that evaluate and act upon both the topographical and topological properties of the initial form.
This process unveils, accentuates and complements the attributes of the source, producing surprising constellations that emerge at manifold scales. The resulting architecture – beyond the logic of a minimal surface, beyond any biomimicry – could neither be drawn by traditional methods, nor could it be derived through formulas. It is uniquely conceivable through recursive algorithmic simulation.
Digital production methods are at the threshold of enabling the materialization of this architecture at a full scale and an ultra high resolution. An architectural landscape with multiple levels of hierarchy and a deep non-repetitive topography can thus be produced, at once highly differentiated and yet coherent and continuous.
Project together with Michael Hansmeyer