thesis project

idea node hamburg - diploma project in the masterclass of wolf d. prix at the university of applied arts in vienna - presented 01|2009



renderings for the thesis project of daniel kerbler


renderings for the thesis project of kadri tamre


studio project at the university for applied arts in vienna together with lukas allner und aleksander onisz

short outtakes from a studio project on a site in istanbul - 500.000m² mixed use. we integrated the new galatasaray soccer stadium that mixed up with a shopping mall and and an open functional carpet.


functions - overview


initial concept models



basic surface paneling

these are my grasshopper and script setups for rhino that i use as a base when i start with facade panelings:

plat panels
shows the deviation for every panel - also reads out the deviation max.
flat planes
fp grasshopper setup

grasshopper file - download
rvb script - download

and some scripts with different flat panel shapes
flat panel scripts

rvb scripts - download

surface triangulation
both setups have a switch to flip the triangulation direction
surface triangulation
tr grasshopper setup

grasshopper file - download
rvb script - download
(rebuild the surface to the wireframe that you want to have triangulated before running the script)


dis’regarding kahn

‘dis’regarding kahn’ - project for the masterclass of wolf prix at the university of applied arts in vienna - finals 06|2007

key image

Considering Louis Kahn’s Esherick House to be a small but iconic example of his architectural oeuvre, which reflects various ideas about his manipulation of material, light and spacial composition, this project tries to analyze those qualities in a rather unexpected approach – following the rules of a process driven deformation.

Within a boundary condition derived from Kahn’s construction methods for the building, a fluid-dynamics engine disrupts the structural elements while assembling new interlinks in order to create a coherent ‘abstract’ of the Esherick House. Conceiving the result as an objective figure and not as a transfused redesign this experimental setup provides an opportunity to prove self-similarities/distictions between the original and it’s derivative according to architectural perception and it’s relevance regarding a contemporary context. As opposed to its formal appearence which dissolves through the process, spacial dependencies remain in an intergradient configuration. The shadow/light ratio which is an important aspect in Kahn’s work – using distinctive openings to modulate the space gets inverted into a dispersive light pattern flickering through the ‘abstract’. This inversion gets reinforced trough the porosity of the floorplates, an effect emerging from the experimental parameters. As a direct feedback to the deformation the site(landscape) reacts as a counterforce to set the new shape.

boundary condition/figure ground/program/analytic diagrams
generative animations
analytic animations
introducing a second structure for the building enclosure
sprayed concrete is used for the primary structure in order to reproduce those implicit realflow surfaces - as seen in the physical model pictures
plans/sun shading concept
and finally the shadow study that investigates the inversion of kahn’s shadow/light relationship
sun study


viennese delight

uncontinued crossover project at the university of applied arts in vienna for an interior installation.
project team: nora graw, dumene comploi, maren klasing, quirin krumbholz and niels jonkhans



renderings for the thesis project of judith schafelner


chicago’s slick compound

“CHICAGO’s SLICK COMPOUND” - athletic highrising does ‘689
project for the crossover studio of kivi sotamaa at the university of applied arts in vienna - finals 01|2007

(refers to a theorie of jeffrey kipnis about hyperindexicality in architecture)

regarding hyperindexical qualities in an architectural project, one strategy is possibly the layering of building components. to dissolve and emotionalize the architectural perception of space, common notions of the detachment between skin, structure and floor plan have to be reconceived in order to create a seamless affection to the observer. multiple layers that contain diverse functional aspects could be one of the techniques to achieve this effect. the superposition of different spatial aspects in this work tries to show these coherences. although theres still an existing overall enclosure it is not perceivable in a familiar way of reading architecture. the used layers appear as complex systems and generate a developing interference of elements. the topological reference to the environment turns into artificiality without ignoring the context. therefore indexical relationships can no longer be perceived and abdicate the interpretation.

initial animations

windows media - 6mb(right klick, save link as)

dynamic figure ground setup

figure ground

structural experiments - generation 01

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structural experiments - generation 02

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structural building generation

structural building generation 01structural building generation 02

interior renderings

interior rendering 01interior rendering 02

conceptual floor plan

conceptual floorplan

conceptual sections

conceptual sections