Herzog & de Meuron – Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art

Project location: Hong Kong
Project year: 2018
Objective: Reverse engineering & adaptation of facade system



1. The code is effectively divided into two main functions – generation of wall geometry + generation of patterned bricks. The overall workflow is shown above.


2. Base wall geometry & base brick generation shown above.


3. The above workflow illustrates mapping of base bricks onto the wall geometry


4. Generation of the patterned brick shown in the above workflow & diagrams. These are constructed at the positions of the mapped base bricks, perforation sizes vary based on distance of brick to a specified point.



01 – Regular bricks

02 – Half height bricks


03 – Wall geometry change

Computational Design // IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Developed at Master in Advanced Architecture in 2018 by:
Student: Vien Nguyen
Faculty:  Rodrigo Aguirre, David Andres Leon
Assistant: Daniil Koshelyuk