Recursive Topologies – Deconstructed Grid

The Barcelona Pavilion goes under a series of analysis and geometric logic to provide multiple variations of the same balance and space logic.The grid and balance of the pavilion get augmented by  allowing the pavilion to develop itself in a 3 dimensional space getting rid of the laws of physics.

This project experiments with recursivity algorithms in computational design with rhinoceros and grasshopper.


The balance between the physical elements of the pavilion get expanded as a 3 dimensional space exploration. To invite the user to explore the spacility created by Mies Van der Rohe transformed in to a multiscalar environment. Directing the digital user trought a new world that could be explored in virtual reality.

Generative growth logic :

  1. Random selection of one of the volumes
  2. Decompose the volume into planes
  3. Randomly select one of the planes
  4. Find the normal on the center of the plane
  5. Move the volume in the normal direction selected a random distance based on the overall size
  6. Rotate the volume on the normal axis randomly in 0-90-180-360 degrees
  7. Check if the new volume intersect or touch any of the initial volumes
  8. In case it doesn´t collide with any element add to the general geometry
  9. Start again



Grasshopper script:




This exercice is part of the first assignment for the computational design studio.

Studio SO.3 faculty :Rodrigo Aguirre and Aldo Sollazzo.

Recursive Topologies – Deconstructed Grid is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

developed at MAA1 in 2017-2018 by:

Student: Eduardo Chamorro Martin