Dancing Screen by Mystery Paintings

Dancing Screen is an architectural render made by Mystery Paintings, a Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) studio based in Indonesia. The Dancing Screen is a project that has not been executed. Thus no information was provided on the assembly and materiality of the facade.


The aim of this exercise is to deepen the understanding and explore the capabilities and limitations of the CNC machine’s manufacturing processes and to develop an integrated approach to design and production. 

The design of the Dancing Screen features a set of horizontal fins that vary in their orientation to create a rhythmic pattern that repeats itself throughout the facade. The fins are separated from the facade’s bottom through a vertical strip that crosses through the bottom part of the facade. This strip is then lifted at multiple locations to allow for passage into the building. Through the model created, the main focal points were in the curvature and the fins’ visualization. Those parameters control and define the facade and will be used to construct the model of the facade.


To create the Dancing Screen’s facade model, a series of machine operations were made on a 300x300x30mm MDF panel using a T-Rex CNC machine.


  • The process starts with the horizontal roughing that creates the base for the surface’s curvature. Using a 10mm Upcut Mill.
  • Then the surface is smoothened through the parallel finishing operation. Using a 6mm Ball Mill.
  • Following that, horizontal engravings are made to visualize the facade’s fins. Using a 4mm Upcut Mill.
  • Finally, the surface is separated from the panel. Using a 8mm Downcut Mill.
  • The total time for the process was 60 minutes.







PARAMETRIC SKINS // DANCING SCREEN is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Masters in Advanced Architecture in 2020/2021 by Student: Jihad Al Ojaili, Hairati Tupe, Elizeveta Veretilnaya Faculty: Ricardo Mayor Luque, Lana Awad,  Shyam Zonca