parametric design, architecture and art
Jan Henrik Hansen - TEDx Zurich

Jan Henrik Hansen – TEDx Zurich

“I call architecture frozen music.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Jan Henrik Hansen is a Zurich-based architect/artist/designer who turns (time-based) music into (space-based) physical sculptures and architectural structures. Jan is an architect with background in music and he has been teaching and researching with well-known professors Gramazio & Kohler.


Urban Life. Connected.

In this video Stephen Owens (Swire Properties Inc), Bernardo Fort-Brescia (Arquitectonica) and Hugh Dutton (Hugh Dutton Associates) tell the story of the design of the Brickell City Centre in Miami and especially the vision behind the Climate Ribbon®, an architectural feature combining precision engineering and environmental design with an elegant sculptural form.


IMAGE ABOVE: average sun vectors reaching shops

If you have been recently following our activities on facebook or twitter, you may have heard about our design for the Climate Ribbon® in Miami, a project we develop for Swire Properties Ltd., with the main architects Arquitectonica and wind specialists RWDI.

The vision behind the project is now becoming reality and it’s a pleasure to share the details of the design process via this blog.


Parametric Design Workshop Leipzig

Sebastian Perrault of Hugh Dutton Associates will be one of the tutor of the 4th Parametric Design workshop taking place in Leipzig from 5th to 9th December 2013.

The workshop is an initiative of UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMY AND CULTURE IN LEIPZIG (HTWK) initiated in summer 2009 as “a venue for international students of architecture, engineering and design to develop techniques for generative algorithms and iterative optimisation of design solutions”.



ABOVE : Tomás Saraceno, In Orbit, 2013, Work in progress.
K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf.
Photography by Camilo Brau, © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013.

In orbit is the last installation of artist/architect Tomás Saraceno with whom we are working these weeks for The Paris Atelier program. Here is how he presents this work : when I look at the multilayered levels of diaphanous lines and spheres, I am reminded of models of the universe that depict the forces of gravity and planetary bodies. for me, the work visualizes the space-time continuum, the three-dimensional web of a spider, the ramifications of tissue in the brain, dark matter, or the structure of the universe. with “in orbit”, proportions enter into new relationships; human bodies become planets, molecules, or social black holes.


The Paris Atelier

It’s now official : Hugh Dutton Associates is taking part in The Paris Atelier “LIGHTER THAN AIR”, an advanced academic program run in Paris by the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with the participation of visiting artist Tomas Saraceno.


Dans ce blog, vous nous avez souvent entendu parler de coworking et espaces collaboratifs pour l’architecture. Mais pourquoi ce sujet est très interessant pour un atelier de design tel que Hugh Dutton Associés ? Voici un tentatif de reponse dans un texte basé sur l’article Révolution numérique et coworking : Vers une ville vaporeuse ? pour la plateforme DNArchi .




IMAGE ABOVE: WikiHouse: Democratizing Architecture – source :

 “We are moving to a future where the factory is everywhere and the design team is everyone.”  Alastair Parvin

It’s been almost a month since the first OUI SHARE FEST took place in Paris. It was a really interesting 3 days festival entirely dedicated to collaborative economy aiming to spread the knowledge and grow the global community of citizens, designers, makers, economists, politicians etc.

Along with well-known speakers, institutions and organizations, there was a collective of designer (or better a community) that truly couldn’t miss the appointment. And to be honest, they were the main reason to me for being there. If you are readers of this blog, you probably already know them. I’m talking about the World’s biggest design team, the WikiHouse platform.

Let me just spend few words to introduce them. “WikiHouse is an open source construction set. Its aim is to allow anyone to design, download, and ‘print’ CNC-milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training”. It is a non-profit project that adopts an inclusive approach and grows through the collaborative efforts of a community in an open-source culture.

Cover of the book "A pattern language" by Christopher Alexander

Cover of the book “A pattern language” by Christopher Alexander

It often happens that the most significant and interesting contributions in a discipline such as architecture come through unusual routes of unlikely character. And very often the recognition of the person and appreciation of the value of its work comes late. Sometimes too late. But since the seed of a wonderful idea (rather than of a revolutionary theory) has been planted, even if it is ahead of its time, there is a sort of inevitability that will bring it to fruition.

Montage architectural pour panneaux de verre pour LES DE LA CITÉ DES SCIENCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE, PARIS. Dessin realisé par Hugh Dutton.

Montage architectural pour panneaux de verre pour LES SERRES DE LA CITÉ DES SCIENCES ET DE L’INDUSTRIE, PARIS. Dessin realisé par Hugh Dutton.

En 2012, à l’occasion du vingtième anniversaire de la mort de Peter Rice, nous avions annoncé la contribution de Hugh Dutton au livre Traces of Peter Riceaccompagné d’une exposition celebrant celui
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