Mesh Grammars: Studies for a Dome

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Mesh Grammars: Studies for a Dome

How can one create a highly articulated architecture using a novel method of folding? We design a series of domes by folding a surface over and over again, using a dynamic process entitled mesh grammars.

Domes have a long architectural lineage extending into prehistory, and have always long been an expression of both technical and artistic skills. Our aim is to expand this typology with a new language of form in an extreme resolution of detail that could not be achieved using traditional processes.

We develop a process called mesh grammars that combines mesh refinement techniques with the logic of shape grammars. Unlike traditional shape grammars, mesh grammars do not consider isolated objects but always view objects as embedded in a network – the mesh.

This enables diverse architectural landscapes with multiple levels of hierarchy and a deep non-repetitive topography. Attributes of the initial input form are uncovered, accentuated, and complemented during the process, and surprising patterns emerge at multiple scales. The forms are at once highly differentiated yet continuous.