Paramorph II

Burry, M, More, G and Maher, A 2003, Paramorph II, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Paramorph II
Author(s) Burry, M
More, G
Maher, A
Year 2003
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Architectures Non Standard, Centre Pompidou,Paris, France
Dates 10 December 2003 - 1 March 2004
Medium Computer aided design, built model
Summary "Paramorph II was Paris-based dECOi Architect's response to an invited competition for a gateway to London's South Bank arts centre. The design is by Mark Goulhorpe, design resolution by Mark Burry, Grant Dunlop and Andrew Maher. Arriving there from Waterloo railway station, the major point of access via a foetid railway underpass is uncongenial and lacks any ceremony of arrival. The proposed gateway was to add a frisson to this otherwise underwhelming experience.

Part of the inspiration for Paramorph II was Burry's 'Paramorph', a hypothetical project published in AD in 1998 that examined the possibilities for the use of parametric design for architectural form finding. As an emerging novel architectural construct tied to digital design practice, the paramorph was defined as an object with consistent topology but variable topography. For the first time in digital practice, the designer could 'steer' the form towards meeting a set of objectives be they performance or aesthetically defined. The original sketch was interrogated for more tangible spatial information which, extracted as data, became the parameters to drive the serial deformations of the paramorph. This approach allowed the dECOi design 'gesture' to relax into designed form. The principal innovation of this method was to play-out several constructional and structural scenarios at once: freeform nurbs surface, ruled surfaces between the deformed 'rings', and a triangulated faceted surface. At each iteration the paramorph could be developed simultaneously offering different cost scenarios. The exhibited model was handmade using digitally templated profiles anticipating the arrival of the desk laser cutter a few years later.

Paramorph II was included in the Architectures Non Standard exhibition curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Zeynep Mennan for the Centre Pompidou, France, 2003. The work was also discussed in an essay by Mark Burry for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition."
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