The project ‘PIXEL GARDENS’ incorporates iterative growth strategies between vertical structures and along their faces. Strategies include defining the growth along a predefined curve that goes around these vertical structures. The modules that are developed are divided into three families, with each family dealing with a specific type of element, namely, the voxel framework, internal spaces, external spaces and additional elements.



  • Create a structure that connects to the buildings and encloses either internal or external spaces

  • Create a path of growth along an attractor that goes around vertical elements

  • Grow more horizontally than vertically to maximize the water and sunlight harvesting

  • Create architectural elements for internal and external spaces:

Internal  Spaces

  • Structure
  • Elevator
  • Spiral staircase
  • Floor
  • Ceiling
  • Window

External Spaces

  • Columns
  • Terraces
  • Balcony

  • Aggregation to be thicker close to the buildings and thinner along the “bridges”

  • The framework of the voxel is defined first, followed by Family A and B that define the overall structure while Family C defines the additional elements which follow the function of the space

  • Water collectors, solar panels and greenery will be concentrated on the roof

  • Water distribution system to be defined from the central tower






Architectural Elements


Pixel Gardens is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master in Advanced Architecture 2022/23 by students – Brian Paul Woodtli Bahena, Furio Magaraggia & Preetam Prabhakar and Faculty: Andrea Graziano and Eugenio Bettucchi