B.3. B.2. Study 1.0 2.0 .21Case Design Computation
AU OFFICE AND EXHIBITION SPACE
he parametric wall is a made up of repetitive arrangement of bricks. To reverse-engineer the project, we start with analyzing the inputs needed for the final outcome, which is the box component in grasshopper. Both “Box 2 Point” and “Centre Box” need the base plane as the common input. To form the base plane, we need the point reference. Hence, we decided to begin the algorithm by creating a series of points in horizontal direction and connecting them by a curve. In order to form the bricks in a uniform repetitive way, we divide the curve with a preset distance between the points. We realized the difference roles played by “ Divide Length” and “ Divide Distance”, which in this case, since the bricks would experience rotation at the end, “Divide Distance” would be a more better solution. This is because if using “ Divide Length”, some of the blocks may overlap each other after being rotated since the centre points are equal in length of the curve itself but not the distance.
Afterwards, we form straight lines with defined length in the vertical direction from each of the points along the curve. Later, we repeat the same step by dividing the lines into equal distance in order to form sub-points along each of the lines. Hence, now we have the intersecting points which can act as the origin point of every single XY Plane. We align them to ensure they follow the curvature of the curve. By looking at the case study, the bricks are arranged in such an alternating way from level to level. Hence, in order to create this outcome in grasshopper, we have to dispatch the planes in both horizontal and vertical directions in order to group them in respective to x and y directions.
With the dispatched groups, we formed the “Center Box” that are alternating to each other in respective to the columns and rows. Next, we build a smaller box in the original box and “Solid Trim” it in order to form the hollow boxes. Lastly, to create the rotating effect as produced by the parametric wall of Au Office and Exhibition Space, we make the individual boxes rotate in according to a point by the “Vector 2 Point” command. The outcome seems to be very similar to the precedenceParametric Wall of Au Office and Exhibition Space. However, we used different approaches to form the definition. Rather than use the silk texture as the image sampler as the reference, we simply rotate the bricks in according to its relationship to a fixed point. As a result, the patterning effect formed by these rotated bricks is less interesting compared to the case study. Besides, we found out that after the boxes being trimmed, they are no longer a closed defined volume. From this reverse-engineer process, we understood that as a parametric designer, we have to learn how to think backwards. In this case, we knew what we want to produce; hence, we have to explore the definition in the reverse way by thinking what input are necessary to produce the outcome and slowly linking them to the origin of the definition. A deep understanding of how the mathematical components and the sets work are also paramount in assisting us to reach the output we want.
For the next step, we would like to further explore this definition by applying the idea of repetitive patterning on the surface of the geometry Kangaroo plug-in would be used intensively in order to produce a flexible and dynamic
Patterning outcome of our definition
Patterning outcome of the case study
Published on Jun 11, 2014