Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw – The use of real-time simulation in the design process

15 12 2010

Graduation Project of Agata Kycia, Hyperbody Msc4 studio, TU Delft (tutors: dr. Nimish Biloria, dr. ing. Henriette Biere, Martin Sobota)

The museum is an annex of the Center of Contemporary Art, located in the XVIth century Ujazdowski castle in Warsaw. It is situated in a strategic point above the highway cutting through the city, highly visible while approaching the city thus making it a recognizable landmark.

The project consists of five different crystal-like volumes organized around a central courtyard, embedded in the landscape, engaging the visitors both through indoor and outdoor areas. The differentiation of the exhibition spaces is amplified by very specific daylight conditions related to different programmatic needs.

The computational techniques used for the form finding process, define a multiplicity of light shafts oriented and shaped according to the studies of the sun circulation on the site on a year-round cycle.

The museum offers  exceptional environment for manifestation of contemporary art, where light and atmosphere are constantly changing throughout the whole year.

Development of the project consists of different analytical stages:

1) a simulation developed in Processing, distributing different programms and light openings along the site, depending on their requirements in terms of factors like noise, sun exposure, accessibility and views

2) parametric studies in Rhinoscript investigating geometrical potential of positions for the light shafts

3) environmental studies in Ecotect and Radiance analyzing light conditions in different times of the day throughout the whole year

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WF workshops are part of the Spontaneous Schooling Exhibition in London

16 06 2010

6 workshops conducted to date by Workshops Factory in Poland and in USA will be featured on Spontaneous Schooling Exhibition in London. The exhibition is curated by Nous gallery as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010.

Thanks to the courtesy of Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology the exhibition will feature 3d printed models of students’ works from our very fist workshop, wf_091 conducted at the WAPW in Warsaw. Below are some photos of the models currently travelling to London.

The exhibition opens Friday 18 of June 2010 at 6pm.

The venue is: 3.01 Tea Building, 5 – 13 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6JJ.

Photos: courtesy of Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology.





Protospace 3.0 Mock-up

7 06 2010

The video presents process of assembling Protospace 3.0 mock-up. The projet was done during msc 2 Hyperbody studio class at the TU Delft (in collaboration with ONL).
WF’s Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki were involved in 3D modelling and creating generative procedure for the design. The project was developed in Rhinoceros, using rhinoscript.
Later on projet was continued in the Hyperbody Research Group mainly by Owen Slootweg and Jelle Feringa. Presented prototype is located in a new Protospace Laboratory at TU Delft.

The purpose of the project was to explore new possiblities in 3d modeling and digital fabrication techniques. Thus pavilion the form of the pavilion was scripted using Rhinoscript and later on all the generated components were hot wired out of EPS foam. Next each one of them was coated to make it waterproof and fully structural. There are also some wooden elements embedded inside them to reinforce floor of the pavilion.
More information about the project you can find here: posts presenting process of generating Protospace 3.0 form and publication about it.

Pictures taken by Gustavo Nascimento





WF at an Nous gallery exhibition on London Festival of Architecture 2010

24 04 2010

The workshops conducted by Workshops Factory to date will be featured on an exhibition by Nous gallery organized as a part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010. The exhibition aims at presenting a variety of computational design workshops which took place in the last couple of years and the key question is how can workshops contribute to the architectural teaching and the emerging discipline of computational design. The exhibition will open in London’s Shoreditch in June. More info will follow soon.





Rhinoscripting Workshop in the Hyperbody Studio at the TU Delft – day03

9 03 2010

In a 3rd day of the workshop we focused on developing computational techniques for digital fabrication. Students were were writing different scripts for unfolding and numbering processes and creating rib-structures out of any possible surface. The purpose of this session was to prepare students for making final prototypes of their msc3 studio design proposals. At the end all the participants could consult their studio project with all the tutors in terms of possible applications of Rhinoscripting.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

We would like to thank TU Delft Hyperbody Studio for inviting us for this workshop (special thanks to dr. Nimish Biloria and Jelle Feringa) .





Rhinoscripting Workshop in the Hyperbody Studio at the TU Delft – day01/day02

5 03 2010

In the beginning of March (01.03.2010-05.03.2010) WF’s Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki (with Han Feng) tutored a rhinoscripting/grasshopper workshop in the Hyperody Studio at the TU Delft. The workshop was a part of Msc3 master program and its purpose was to introduce generative techniques to the students. Thus during first days we started with a theoretical introduction to parametric/generative design and introduction to Visual Basic syntax. Next we worked on examples of generative processes which can be applied for architecure and design.





The Interwoven Systems Project – final prototype

1 03 2010

A part of the form of the Interwoven Systems Project (done in the Hyperbody Studio / TU Delft) was chosen for final prototyping in 1:25 scale. The aim of the prototype was to test structural and formal aspects of the project, as well as the accuracy of the  generative procedure, which combines both scripting and digital fabrication techniques.
All the structural beams and joints were laser cut out of 2mm plywood. However facade elements were made following completely different process. First of all we did three dimensional molds  by 3-axis CNC milling, and then based on them we vacuum formed all the cups.

The diagram above shows which part of the final form of the project was chosen for the prototyping. Moreover it visualizes and describes all the elements of the coming prototype. All the pictures below present the final prototype with vacuum formed facade elements.

Because of the fact that we were able to vacuum form just a couple of plastic facade parts, for the rest of the model we fabricated elements by laser cutting 1mm white cardboard.

More information about the Interwoven Systems Project you can here (process of generating elements and fabrication process) and there (form finding simulation and final visualization).