The objective for this exercise was to decode the logic of a complex facade system, in order to
analyze and define the computational process behind it. The facade chosen for the task was designed by NUDES for BAD CAFÉ, located in Mumbai, India, in 2015. This form of parametric design is composed of pipes which extrude at varying heights.



LOCATION: Mumbai, India


YEAR: 2015

The BAD Yoga building is a 3 storey, 3250 sq. ft. project situated in a historical village settlement in Mumbai, India featuring a courtyard terrace. Remotely located from heavy traffic and insulated from typically high levels of air and sound pollution, the project is surrounded by tranquility and peace. Designed by Nudes and lead by Nuru Karim this project was designed to mimic the sweat glands on our bodies. The façade allows the building to breath and ventilate, a welcomed featured for the array of activities taking place inside such as yoga, café, retail space, and event space.



The building’s facade behaves like a dynamic skin. It is able to breath by using 25,992 black cylindrical conduits made of recycled PVC pipe, which are  grafted into CNC milled aluminum composite box panels. These PVC pipes are arranged in a diagonal grid pattern of varying lengths.







PARAMETRIC SKINS / BAD CAFÉ is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2019 by:
Student: Zackary Bryson
Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre, Mohamad Elatab
Assistant: Ivan Marchuk, Oana Taut