The shape of a mudshell, which is to be digitally fabricated, is undergone through genetic optimisation with grasshopper. The initial shape is parametrized. The elasticity of the arches, the vertical load and a planar force are the genomes for the galapagos genetic optimisation. The goal of this study is to achieve a form of a shell that provides maximum self and dropped shadow while simultaneously has the smallest possible surface area in order to save material.


Galapagos Shell is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

developed at Master in Advanced Architecture

in 2016-2017 by:

Students:Sotirios Yfantis

Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre, Aldo Sollazzo