The Cloud

The Cloud is an installation to reutilize the remains of the old Mercat de l’Abaceria Central. Only the steel frame is left, so the goal is to create an artificial natural shading. The modules resemble single particles forming a cloud like structure when aggregated together. The placement is decided by an algorithm evaluating the sun radiation throughout the cooling period. In the cycle of a day the modules themselves inflate and deflate when needed in order to optimize their shading effect.


Dry Bulb Temperature

Direct Normal Radiation

Diffuse Horizontal Radiation

Global Horizontal Radiation

Sun Paths

Direct Sunlight Hours


Incident Radiation

Aggregation Strategy 01

Aggregation Strategy 02

Direct Sunlight Hours Comparison

Incident Radiation Comparison

Rendering Scene

Rendering Detail




The Cloud is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, developed at Masters in Advanced Architecture in 2021/2022.
Students: Charicleia Iordanou, Yervant Megurditchain, Valentina Minoletti, Victor Engelhard Suarez
Faculty: David Andrés León
Faculty Assistant: Ashkan Foroughi
Student Assistants: Laukik Lad, Uri Lewis
Computational Design II