Assignment –

Our main objective is to select an architectural component of the Mie’s Van de Rohe’s pavilion and manipulate a topology through a recursive strategy and envision a new functionality of it.

During my visit to Barcelona Pavilion as a case study, I observed a white wall in the centre of the Pavilion. After checking its history I got to know that the wall is covered with white panels, the real granite wall is behind those whiteboards.

The reason states that the unveiling of Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion marked a watershed moment in the history of modern architecture. A short-lived structure for the 1929 world expo, the building was exquisitely simple and constructed of luxurious materials: marble, red onyx, and travertine. The design was reconstructed permanently in the 1980s and over the years, dozens of architects have reimagined the iconic building with temporary installations. Now, architects Anna and Eugeni Bach are transforming the structure to be more minimal than ever.

Over several days, the Spanish architects have been slowly covering all of the building’s luxe stone walls with white vinyl panels, effectively erasing the pavilion’s most striking elements. The building is meant to look like a full-scale model of itself, interrogating the visitor’s reaction to the structure and to the modernist trope of unadorned white space.

So I created a Pattern on the wall with the recursive topologies.

“This simple act turns the pavilion into a 1:1 scale mock-up, a representation of itself that opens the door to multiple interpretations about aspects like the value of the original, the role of the white surface as an image of modernity, and the importance of materiality in the perception of space,”

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Grasshopper Script :



Information Credits :

SO.3 Computational Design Assignment 3 – Recursive Topologies

Work done by MAA01 Student of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia



Faculty : Aldo Sollazo & Rodrigo Aguirre.