HYBRID HUT – Rojkind Arquitectos


Project: Hybrid Hut
Type: Pavilion
Status: Completion 2015
Architect: Rojkind Arquitectos
Client: The Forks
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Scale: 75 sqm

“The design seeks to create new hybrids through the implementation computer-aided design in convergence with traditional craftsmanship. the continual evolution of technology in the industry puts into question the participation of artisans in the construction process, to the extent that trades are disappearing. the pavilion examines the role of contemporary design, and questions whether or not machinery can ever learn the skills acquired by craftspeople. conversely, the scheme considers if an accomplished worker can learn new processes through modern technology, and analyzes the ever-changing role of the architect.”

— Designboom / Rojkind Arquitectos



The project can be divided into three stages. Defining the base geometry, preparing all the lines and relationships of the structural and facade elements and extruding all these elements.


I defined the three initial curves by basing them from the high-resolution images provided on Rojkind’s website. By counting the number of structural elements in the base design, I was able to divide the curves using intersections by a polar array taken from the center of the smallest circle. Partioning the list in sets of three’s allowed me to easily select every curve and interpolate it to generate the main structural lines. The rest of the script is divided in offsetting and extruding the structural elements and dividing the curves into points for the wooden cladding.

The wood faces are fixed to the structural plywood fins from behind and overlap in front of the next structural element producing a jagged and dynamic geometry. To achieve this, I had to divide the inner and outer edges of these plywood fins into points after extrusion and create vectors to define the orientation of the where the wood faces would be extruded. Once this was done, a controlled randomizing number was applied with the existing varying lengths of wood and was overlapped using the maximum component to get the final output.



The script follows the same structure as the pseudo-code with the base geometry created on the upper left and then it is split in three branches that create respectively: the structural elements, the wood cladding panels A and the wood cladding panels B. The wood cladding was split into two parts due to the alternating nature of the wood cladding and split-list approach. The lower half of the script is the Centipede script organizing all the sequences together for the animation.


Animated Systems / HybridHut is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2019 by:
Student: Rani Kamel
Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre, Mohamad Elatab
Assistant: Ivan Marchuk, Oana Taut