Digital Grotesque Architecture (2013) by Michael Hansmeyer

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Catherine Bowen
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Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source dezeen.com

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source: dezeen.com

For me, to begin to explain the science of this “digital grotesque” architecture by Michael Hansmeyer, would entail understanding the process, and, to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that I do. Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and computation to generate architectural form.

For example, here is his description of the process:

Design by Algorithm: While computational geometry in architecture is often used to create volumes with smooth, minimal surfaces, in the Digital Grotesque the design goal is the exactly the opposite. A maximal articulation of the surface creates a volumetric depth, where light is reflected in million different directions and the boundaries of the architecture are spatially diffuse. (michael-hansmeyer.com)

Did you catch that?? If you did, you’re far sharper than I’ll ever be – I had to reread the passage several times!

Digital Grotesque Architecture by Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source dezeen.com

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source: dezeen.com

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source ethz.ch

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source: ethz.ch

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source michael-hansmeyer.com

Michael Hansmeyer Digital Grotesque Architecture, Image Source: michael-hansmeyer.com

At any rate, the result of the process is undeniably and unequivocally beautiful! I have been transfixed and mesmerised by the forms…

Digital Grotesque . Printing Architecture from Digital Grotesque on Vimeo.

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