‘Under the Fold’ is a computationally driven project that aims to create a system of shading that provides different vegetable types seasonally optimized shading. In search for a design we sought out an easily compactable system that would give way to a variety of different solar conditions. In consideration of our site, Nantes, France, we conducted a series of climate analyses to inform the shape of our project.

Nantes, France

Nantes, France – Climate Conditions

Climate Condition

After consulting data on the area, we came to the conclusion that solar positioning would be most valuable in the informing of our design. We chose to optimize the orientation of our shading and focus our efforts on the folding nature for optimal sunlight throughout the year.

Summer/ Winter Solar Conditions

Yearly Radiation Study

Orientation Study

Pseudo Code

In our basic form making we consulted a method of origami folding that would allow us to compact our geometry without compromising the linear qualities we desired.

Chosen Origami Pattern

Creation of Geometry

Once data was generated from the radiation analyses, we were able to create varying forms from a summer condition.

Solar Condition used to Generate Cutouts

Final Result

Placed on Site

Under The Fold is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture in 2022 by Students: Rachel Busche, Rishaad Yusuff, Vishakha Pathak, and Jack Davis and faculty: David Andres León, faculty assistant: Ashkan Foroughi.