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Hashi Mori in Berlin, Germany by Affect Studio

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Article source: Affect Studio

Located in the heart of Berlin, this newly completed izakaya restaurant combines traditional Japanese materials and hand craft with 3D modeling and computer programming to form an atmospheric space for dining. Responding to the client’s wishes for a cozy space that establishes a visual identity for the restaurant while also maximizing table count, the entire design intervention is achieved without the use of a single wall. A 56 sq meter ceiling installation serves as the main design feature of the restaurant.
By using the chopstick as a simple, repeating element, the project creates an immersive and highly intimate canopy over the space.

Hashi Mori

  • Architects: Affect Studio
  • Project: Hashi Mori
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Software used: Grasshopper, Rhino, and Processing


Ajoodaniyeh Tower in Tehran, Iran by Kamvari Architects

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Article source: Kamvari Architects

The proposal seeks to use traditional design within the Iran as a means of addressing performance criteria within a high-rise. Our intention is to analysis unique aspects of traditional architecture specific to the region and combine these with Advanced design methods to produce a novel proposal for the site and our client. The use of electromechanical devices to cool and heat buildings has become common place within Iran and the region, Tehran’s climate of cold winters and hot summers further Exacerbate this issue.

Ajoodaniyeh Tower

  • Architects: Kamvari Architects
  • Project: Ajoodaniyeh Tower
  • Location: Tehran, Iran
  • Project Director: Omid Kamvari
  • Project Team: Nikoletta Poulimeni , Mehrad Mahnia ,Nazanin Behboodikhah, Maryam Mivehchi, Mona Mirzaie
  • Software used: Rhino and Grasshopper


Städel Museum Extension in Frankfurt, Germany by Schneider+Schumacher

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Schneider+Schumacher

The Frankfurt Städel Museum is about to undergo the largest expansion ever in the course of its nearly two-hundred-year history – with regard to its architecture and its collection alike. In the autumn of 2009, in conjunction with numerous important additions to the museum’s holdings, work commenced on the construction of an annex for the presentation of contemporary art. Designed by the architectural firm schneider+schumacher of Frankfurt, this extension will open its doors for the first time on 25 and 26 February with two Open House days and a big public celebration.

The extension of the Städel Museum View from outside

  • Architects: Schneider+Schumacher
  • Project: Städel Museum Extension
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Client: Städelsches Kunstinstitut
  • Architecture: schneider+schumacher
  • Project Architects: Michael Schumacher, Till Schneider, Kai Otto
  • Project Management: Miriam Baake
  • Construction Management: Hans Eschmann
  • Structural Planning: B+G Ingenieure / Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Manfred Grohmann, Jörg Schneider
  • Software used: RhinoCeros (3D modelling Software) with Grasshopper (a plugin für Rhino) and Rhinoscript, the 2-D plans were drawn in Microstation.


Jacob’s Ladder in Brooklyn, New York by BanG studio

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Article source: BanG studio

In conjunction with their participation in American Express’ Partners in Preservation program, Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn has commissioned BanG studio to design, fabricate, and erect an art installation inside the synagogue’s main sanctuary. The given theme of the piece is Jacob’s Ladder reflecting the synagogue’s special connection to the story.
In Genesis, Jacob stops for the night en route from the house of his father, Isaac to Paddan-aram. He dreams of a ladder set upon the earth and stretching to heaven. In his dream, angels ascend and descend the ladder. God appears to Jacob promising the land on which he sleeps to him and his descendants. When Jacob awakens he realizes that, “surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Image Courtesy Todd France

  • Architects: BanG studio
  • Project: Jacob’s Ladder
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Photographs: Todd France
  • Software used: Rhino with Grasshopper for the modeling with excel spreadsheets to keep track of tabulated information and then we rendered with Mental ray and 3dStudio Max with Photoshop to touch up


Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development in China by Trahan Architects

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Article source: Trahan Architects

Located in central China, Zhengzhou is experiencing rapid re-development.  Part of a broad scale master plan labeled “The Rise of Central China”; Zhengzhou is implementing a two part initiative:  ecological and infrastructural development.  Ecological development prioritizes the surrounding natural resources; forest park, scenic areas, wetlands/reserves, rivers/lakes & urban green space.  Infrastructural development addresses an emerging market identified as “Logistics Industry”.  Zhengzhou is to serve as an integrated hub for the import/export of goods and mass transportation which connects the east and the west.

Aerial Perspective 01

  • Architects: Trey Trahan, FAIA
  • Project: Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development
  • Location: Zhengzhou, China
  • Program: Mixed Use Development
  • Floor Area: 400,000 sm (4,305,564 g.s.f.)
  • Cost: $880,000,000 (USD)
  • Completion: To Be Announced
  • Principal Architect: Trey Trahan, FAIA
  • Senior Designer: Mark Hash
  • Project Team: Art Terry, Michael McCune and Kim Nguyen
  • Software used: Maya, Rhino, FormZ and Grasshopper (3D modeling), AutoCAD (2D plans and sections), Illustrator (graphics)


Manhattan Mountain in Lower East Side, New York by Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Article source: Ju-Hyun Kim

Re-Imagining Seward Park Redevelopment (SPURA) on the Lower East Side, New York

Recent news coverage for the 7-acre parcel, Manhattan’s biggest undeveloped,  publicly owned development site south of 96th Street, has provided the chance to contemplate many important urban issues.

Firstly, are we taking full advantage of this great opportunity to develop a vast land in the heart of Manhattan, or just limiting our imagination under current NYC zoning resolution (which is 50 years old)? Secondly, is the hot debate over big box retailers heading to the right direction?


  • Architects: Ju-Hyun Kim, AIA
  • Project: Manhattan Mountain
  • Location: Seward Park Urban Renewal Site(SPURA) in Lower East Side, New York
  • Project Area: 7 Acre
  • Year: 2012
  • Type: Speculative Research
  • Collaborators: Euno Cho, Bohyun Kim, Kyu O Kim
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Vray.


Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando in Fukuoka Prefecture by Kengo Kuma & Associates (designed with Rhino, Grasshopper, and 3dS Max)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Location of this Starbucks is somehow characteristic, as it stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the most major shrines in Japan. Established in 919 A.D., the shrine has been worshiped as “the God for Examination,” and receives about 2 million visitors a year who wish their success. Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.

Image Courtesy Masao Nishikawa

  • Project: Starbucks Coffee at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando
  • Location: 3-1196-11 Zaifu, Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Client : Manten Corporation
  • Photography : Masao Nishikawa
  • Type of Construction:new construction
  • Purpose:coffee shop
  • Structure:wood
  • Number of Stories: One story on the ground
  • Software used: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper,3D max


Multiple Natures – Fibrous Tower in Taichung, Taiwan by soma (designed with Rhino and Grasshopper)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Article source: soma

A new tower typology
The Taiwan Tower will become an innovative landmark people can identify with in present as well as in future times. Therefore the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning. To evoke multiply and diverse associations the tower has to be illusive and complex. It will become a dynamic and contemporary landmark that celebrates diversity.


  • Architect: soma
  • Project Name: Multiple Natures – Fibrous Tower
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Client: Taichung City Government
  • Use: Observation Tower, Taichung City Museum, park
  • Competition: Taiwan Tower Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, Processing and Karamba.


Oil Silo Home in Berlin, Germany by

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Article source:

The Oil Silo Home, designed by in Berlin, recycles oil silos by transforming them into affordable houses. An oil silo is a storage container for compressed liquefied petroleum gas. There are approximately 49,000 oil silos in over 660 oil refineries worldwide! As the human population increases at an exponential rate, oil discovery decreases at an exponential rate. Soon all existing oil silos will be abandoned as fuel storage containers.

Exterior View

  • Architect:
  • Name of Project: Oil Silo Home
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, 3D Studio Max, and EcoTect


ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research. The project explores the architectural transfer of biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology by means of novel computer-based design and simulation methods, along with computer-controlled manufacturing methods for its building implementation. A particular innovation consists in the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries through computational processes, which is demonstrated by the fact that the complex morphology of the pavilion could be built exclusively with extremely thin sheets of plywood (6.5 mm).

East view

  • Architects: ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Project: ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011
  • Location: Keplerstr. 11-17, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Date of completion: August 2011
  • Surface: 72m²
  • Volume: 200m³
  • Material: 275 m² Birch plywood 6,5mm Sheet thickness
  • Software used: McNeel Rhinoceros and the plugins Grasshopper and Kangaroo. Also used AnSys for FEA tests, QDesign RoboMove for simulating and Kuka KRC2 for operating the manufacturing process.


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