Optimising geometry

We have developed many tools that allow us to control and manipulate geometry. We can do this both through a manual process or parametrically, providing an exceptionally quick exploration process which brings early direction to emerging designs, as well as presenting the facility for optimisation later in the process.

Within this discipline, we work to closely align the design with the manufacturing capabilities available within industry for any given material. In projects such as Heydar Aliyev Centre, this required the scripting of bespoke software to scrutinise panel geometry, planarity, interpanel disjoint, etc. to maximise the opportunity for repeatability within a surface initially prescribed through NURBS geometry.

At the Coca-Cola Beatbox pavilion developed for the London 2012 Olympics we exploited repeatable geometry and flexible joint characteristics to produce controlled, but ostensibly random, panel topography. At Arts University Bournemouth’s Drawing Studio it was all about maximising light, and we married this overwhelming need to the geometry of the site and produced a self-stable monocoque embracing the limitations of bidirectional plate bending.