Our project was to design a mold that would produce a brick module of dimensions 250x150x150mm and the method of fabrication we chose was 3D printing. Our main focus was to somehow provide privacy with our design and simultaneously achieve 50% voids and 50% infill.


“Horto de Hebro”_Pablo Picasso//  Mill Owners Assosiations_Le Corbusier

Casa da Musica_OMA



Our process started by removing volume along the diagonal so as to provide only one line of sight through the brick whilst blocking the direct view from the front. In order to achieve 50% voids, we started removing volume equally from opposite sides of the brick. These subtracted volumes are pyramidal so that they can be easily removed from the mold in addition to being efficiently 3D printed.

Though our main focus was privacy, we also thought about structural integrity by giving a connection between the volumes on either side of the diagonal as well as light filtration by providing the opening along the diagonal- making the light that filters through indirect and not harsh.


The mold is composed of six 3.d printed pieces and a rectangural acrylic box used for the casting of all the six bricks.

While casting, we used tape and wax to coat our 3D printed molds to obtain a smooth, marble like finish. This also helped in easy removal of the mold after casting was done. The final amount of hours for the printing process has been of 24 hours and the production time for each brick is no longer than 1h.


While making the 100 brick module, we kept the same concept of the line of focus along the diagonal and removed/added volume equally on the opposite sides.





In our render we immagine the 100 bricks wall located in a park after several years from the construction. In our concept this “aged” wall will turn into a green wall hosting moss and life in the imperfection obtained from the casting process.


For future practical applications, we see our design being used in various scenarios such as in an office, in public places likes parks, exhibitions, in homes etc. We believe that it should not impose but rather coexist with the surroundings especially in the open, in parks and gardens where we envision our bricks aging well with time and eventually growing moss/ accommodating vegetation on its structure.


PRIVACY PRINTING developed at the Master in Advanced Architecture in 2018 
by: Nicola Colella, Yigitalp Behram, Ankita Alessandra Bob, Timothy Ka Kui Lam 
Faculty: Alexandre Dubor, Lana Awad