Parametric Facade


2012 / SOMA

We experience the Ocean mainly in two ways, as an endless surface
and in an immersed perspective as depth. This plain/profound duality
of the Ocean motivates the building’s spatial and organizational concept.
Continuous surfaces twist from vertical to horizontal orientation
and define all significant interior spaces. The vertical cones invite the
visitor to immerse into the Thematic Exhibition.




  • Create a surface in the Rhino and then define it in the grasshopper as a surface
  • Divide the 2D surface (U, V) with Divide Domain2 in order to create the vertical lines that are
    going to create the panels 50 count for the U value and 1 count for the V value
  • Isotrim subdivide the surface in quads. And then Deconstruct the geometry using Brep in order to get the edges
  • List item the curves in order to get the duplicated curve in the list, and then divide the edges
    (Curves) in order to get the start, middle and finishing point
  • Creating a polyline out of the listed points and merge the two lists of curves and extrude it
  • Create a point that it’s going to be the attractor point for the panels
  • Point on curve in each list of the edges in order to have the rotation point and the center point
    of the rotation
  • Create a graph in order to get the best movement for the panels
  • The X coordinate is the slider that controls the rotation

Parameters Optimization:


Pseudo-Code Steps:

PARAMETRIC FAÇADE  is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2018/2019 by

Student: Alaa AlDin Al Baroudi
Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre, David Andres Leon
Assistant: Daniil Koshelyuk