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Boxel Pavilion

This is the school project in Germany, the project itself is an experimental pavilion designed and built by using a parametric design skill. The pavilion has the shape of a minimal surface and it has been built with more than 2000 beer boxes placed all over the surface form. As computers are surely the best things in the world for algorithms, thus, parametric design become very interesting as they can allow the designer to reach the level of complexity. Since the computational methods were involved in architecture design process, the new possibilities and challenges were occurs. Digital tools and techniques, such as twisting, lofting, knotting and framing were used systematically to explore spatial, structural and geometrical conditions.


Canton Tower Canton Tower is an observation tower in Guangzhou, it is the tallest structure in China, 600 meters tall, and it is the fourth- tallest freestanding structure in the world. The design idea is simple; it’s generated by two ellipses, and then rotated relative to each other. The tower was designed by information based architecture and Arup. The Arup team led by structural engineer Prof. Dr. Joop Paul introduced near mass customisation to the joint design, in combination with parametric design methods, and applied a simple structural concept of three elements: columns, rings and braces, to this more complex geometry.

Parametricism has taken us to a new region of design, especially in a large scale urbanism filed. The creation and the level of complexity have been brought to a new level. Generally, with parametric design, there are more and more ideas can be reaching and brings the new development of design ideas, structures to the future.


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