In contemporary architectural design, the definition of envelope geometry often precedes consideration of its
material build-up. The geometries created in such a top-down manner require subsequent rationalisation for
This thesis addresses methods for the aesthetic and efficient structuring of arbitrary surfaces while respecting
distinct architectural considerations. Digital design tools have been developed to approximate surfaces using
isotropic triangular or quadrangular elements. Various methods for the creation of simplified base complexes
are shown. Such complexes expose a simplified topological build-up of surfaces and are used to create global
parameterisations of surfaces of arbitrary genus. For quadrangular discretisation, the restructuring can be
aligned to a user-defined vector field on the surface. The generated geometries are then optimised with regard
to architectural considerations by means of dynamic relaxation.
Particular attention is given to the compatibility of the methods with existing design workflows. Suitability and
performance of the tools are assessed when used for the design of a real glass roof designed with Schlaich
Bergermann and Partner in Luwan, China.
|Date of Award||29 Sept 2012|
|Supervisor||Paul Shepherd (Supervisor) & Paul Richens (Supervisor)|
- free-form building envelopes