Introduction

Architecture stands at an inflection point. The confluence of advances in both computation and fabrication technologies lets us create an architecture of hitherto unimaginable forms, with an unseen level of detail, producing entirely new spatial sensations.

Architecture should surprise, excite, and irritate. As both an intellectual and a phenomenological endeavor, it should address not only the mind, but all the senses - viscerally. It must be judged by the experiences it generates.

Today, complexity and specificity are no longer an impediment to design and fabrication. Rather, they are opportunities that are waiting to be explored. To truly exploit the possibilities, we can no longer draw by mouse in CAD programs, nor can we use simple parametric methods. What is needed is an abstract and open-ended method: a computational approach.

At best, a computational approach enables architecture to be embedded with an extraordinary degree of information. Structure and surface can exhibit a hyper-resolution, with seemingly endless distinct formations. The processes can generate highly specific local conditions, while ensuring an overall coherency and continuity. As such, the resulting architecture does not lend itself to a visual reductionism. Rather, the procedures can devise truly surprising topographies and topologies, offering a thousand unique perspectives

Computational architecture can defy classification, it can evoke curiosity and elicit individual interpretations. The projects presented here forecast an exuberant architecture in which the exceptional supersedes the standard.

Biography

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms to generate and fabricate architectural form. Recent work includes the design of two full-scale 3D printed sandstone grottos, the production of an iron and lace gazebo at the Gwangju Design Biennale, and the installation of a hall of columns at Grand Palais in Paris. He has exhibited at museums and venues including the Museum of Arts and Design New York, Palais de Tokyo, Martin Gropius Bau, and Design Miami / Basel. His work is part of the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou and FRAC Centre.

Recently, he taught architecture as visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at Southeast University in Nanjing, and as a lecturer at the CAAD group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He previously worked for Herzog & de Meuron architects, as well as in the consulting and financial industries at McKinsey and J.P. Morgan respectively. Michael holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Contact

Michael Hansmeyer
Computational Architecture

CAAD HPZ F
Schafmattstrasse 32
8093 Zurich / Switzerland

email: contact (at) michael-hansmeyer.com