Wednesday, 2 February 2011


A new passenger terminal for Innsbruck airport. Since the course was structural design at University of Innsbruck, institute for experimental design, the main focus of the project lies indeed in structural optimization, i.e. the design itself plays a minor role. This can be seen in the development of the projects plan, it is not developed at all. Nevertheless, following the rules of parametricism (I, personally prefer the term of "autopoieses of architecture") it was possible to inform the design process to achieve a coherent overall design. From my point of view this was especially possible because of the building typology, an airport. An airport does not necessarily need to have a strong connection to its context.


First of all I have to thank Jon Mirtschin, the developer of geometrygym. His tool brings architecture and engineering closer together. This opens up new ways of how to incorporate building performance, i.e. structural design, into the early design process , also sustainability in terms of material usage can be achieved by implementing and using these tools right at the beginning of a design process, rather than trying to optimize a "final" design as good as possible. Beside the economical benefits it also informs the aesthetic aspects of a design, like in this project presented here. Form is structure.

The same is also valid for [uto] and there tool GECO. I also have to thank [uto] for always supporting me with help and advice.

Last but not least, Michael Budig as course instructor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Its a great work indeed.Just wanted to know a thing that what is the Rise parameter in the shells???