The aim of the project is to explore the capabilities of manufacturing processes and to develop an integrated approach to design and production. The goal is to translate the flux of the existing facade using the CNC milling machine.

Parametric Skin

The inspiration for the brick facade from Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten is the alabaster fold of the Beethoven statue by Max Klinger, which is located in the Leipzig Bilder Museum. Max Klinger created a paradoxical perception here.

Following this image, Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten employ six special stones with a gradient that increases in gradient, creating a seemingly moving facade of light and shadow. The analogy to a light cloth over which the wind blows arises.

Credits: Administrative Building Textilverband / Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten

CNC Milling Strategies

The project foresees the production of a replica of the facade in a MDF block of 370x370x31 mm. The CNC milling strategies adopted are Engraving, Horizontal Roughing, Parallel Shifting and 2 1/2 Axis Profiling. The first one is necessary to fix the MDF block to the machine. The second and the third one are milling the MDF material. The last one is necessary to cut the block in the desired frame dimensions.

Rhino Cam + Machine

The machine adopted for the project is a 3 Axis CNC milling machine. The process for the final model tkes about the 1 and 24 minutes.

Two tests before the final model were done to study the tollerance of the machine. These tests were about the dimensions of the bricks: the 3 mm brick height was the best.

Final Model



Parametric Brick Facade // CNC Milling is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture 2020/21 by Students:  Tullio Polisi, Prarthana Sudhindra and Pablo Mendez and Faculty: Ricardo Mayor Luque, Lana Awad and Shyam Zonca