parametric design, architecture and art

We have previously announced on this blog the ADVANCES IN ARCHITECTURAL GEOMETRY Symposium that will be held in Paris from the 27 to 30th of September 2012 with the support of the  Centre Pompidou. If you are interested in complex geometry and the relationship between forms and architecture, we invite you to have a look to the workshops of the symposium here.


In Guangzhou Swire Properties have recently completed a mixed used commercial development taking up a full city block on comprising hotels, offices and shopping including a cultural centre for the city. TaiKoo Hui is a large-scale multi-faceted complex in the thriving heart of the Tianhe Central Business District of Guangzhou, developed and managed by Swire Properties. Offering a gross floor area of approximately 358,000 sqm (exclusive of the cultural center), it incorporates a prime shopping mall, two Grade A office towers, a cultural center, the first Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Guangzhou, and serviced apartments. More info at

Daylight is a key ingredient to the Taikoo Hui shopping centre, and notably with the intent to flood the mall with light deep into the lower and basement levels. The glass components designed by Hugh Dutton Associates celebrate daylight. They provide sculptural expression that responds to light through filtering it, diffusing it, playing with it’s shadows, reflecting it.

Hugh Dutton Associates were engaged by Swire as specialist design consultants to architects Arquitectonica for all the feature glazing components of the development; notably the main entrance atria boxes, and waving linear skylight down the central spine of the shopping mall.



Photo: Folded fabric, ready to enter the third (and fifth) dimension. Photo from Women”s Wear Daily.

How are new design tools and software changing design of clothes and fashion accessories?
As we are always interested in exploring the boundaries of architecture and 3D design, we have found that some fashion designers may use the same softwares that we use in HDA.




We have already talked about Mårten Nettelbladt as a very interesting researcher on topics of complex geometries, and specifically the topic of developable surfaces.

His website, “Omkrets arkitektur”, and his blog The Geometry of Bending should be a reference for all those who are interested in the developability of surfaces, and in general for those who are trying to create and construct complex forms.



Depuis septembre le blog est devenu un sujet à l”ordre du jour dans les réunions hebdomadaires à l”agence.
Une discussion en équipe est toujours très constructive parce que ça permet de se prendre de la distance et de se rendre compte de certains défaut assez évident et pourtant des fois difficile à voir.
Par exemple, on a remarqué que sur le blog  il manque encore un post qui met en valeur un des sujets des discussions quotidien à l”agence, c”est à dire la “matérialité” des choses, leur réalité et, par conséquence, le sujet de la lumière et sa façon de “rendre” les matériaux et le formes (L”architecture est le jeu, savant, correct et magnifique des volumes sous la lumière”).