10 Incredible Parametric Wall Designs Around The World That Will Blow Your Mind

Nirupama Kannankattil

Writer at Oneistox

August 05

9 mins read

Parametric walls are the new cool in architecture and interior design! Here is a list of 10 amazing parametric wall designs to get you excited about the possibilities offered by parametricism.

What is Parametric Architecture?

Parametric architecture is inspired by nature and its complex, yet lawful order. In parametric design, all design elements vary depending on defined external parameters. This enables the whole design to function as a system.

This process of designing parametrically has led to the appearance of several breath-taking forms of all scales from complete parametric buildings, and parametric interior designs to even parametric furniture designs - the possibilities are endless!

Here we present to you 10 parametric wall designs around the world that will blow your mind!

1. Aman Miami Beach Residence, Florida

Parametric Wall Design for Aman Miami Residence by Kuma and Associates (Source: www.architecturaldigest.com)

This modern condo tower was conceptualized by Kuma and Associates. Its organic form draws inspiration from art deco style and Jazz. The architects wanted to create a space that felt very light and open, preserving views of the ocean for all residents. Architect Kuma explains that the parametric design of waves blends seamlessly to the ceiling with softened gestures in wood.

2. Interiors of Casa Batlló Stairs & Atrium, Spain

Interior of existing emergency stairs inside Casa Batllo (Source: www.archdaily.com)

How to celebrate light in an enclosed emergency stairway with almost no openings for natural light? Kengo Kuma answers this question through the design of this temporary installation in Casa Batlló emergency stairs. The space is dressed in aluminium chain cur­tains that, through its meticulous materiality, catch the light, like fishing nets, presenting it in all its different shapes. Kuma also collaborated with Italian lighting designer Mario Nanni, of Viabizzuno on this project.

3. Adiabatic Cooling Tower, Vietnam

Aerial view of the cooling tower in Vietnam (Source: www.archdaily.com)

Designed by the French architecture firm AREP, the cooling tower was conceived as part of the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2021. It is an environmentally friendly response to the heat waves received by Vietnamese cities. BIM parametric digital models were developed to study potential shapes and cooling effects in collaboration with local bamboo craftsmen. The hyperbolic shape allows structural stability and allows water to run down by gravity for adiabatic cooling.

4. Kerfonic Wall, Berkeley, USA

The Kerfonic Wall (Source: www.parametric-architecture.com)

The Kerfonic Wall is a 20′ x 8′ permanent parametric design artwork at San Francisco’s Autodesk Gallery completed in 2021. A family of brick-like boxes made from plywood is stacked with bolted connections to generate a Voronoi tessellation, overcoming sound-focusing effects when oriented in various directions. Creating an in-house parametric model was critical to the fabrication of its various components. Because each hyperboloid kerf panel is unique in size, depth, and angle, a parametric digital model was used to convert these surfaces to 2D planar sheets for laser cutting.

5. Cardboard Cafe, Mumbai, India

Interiors of Cardboard Cafe, Mumbai (Source: www.designboom.com)

This parametric wall design is by Nudes who use 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard in the interior. Cardboard was selected as it is extremely versatile and also has excellent sound absorption properties. The office used parametric modelling software like Grasshopper and Rhino to generate models, prototyped them and tested them out in real-world constraints including humidity, water resistance, and temperature fluctuations. Various modulations, textures, and patterns with the material were achieved by slicing the cardboard fluting at different angles and curvatures.

6. Sandwaves, Saudi Arabia

3d printed sand walls as street furniture (Source: www.dezeen.com)

This 3D printed parametric wall design made from sand was designed by Precht and Mamou-Mani Architects. It is the largest 3D-printed sand structure in the world! The ribbon-like structure is designed to serve as street furniture during Diryah season which is a sports and entertainment season in the Al-Turaif district. Sand is a locally resourced material and is available in abundance. It consists of 58 individual 3D-printed elements and was developed in collaboration with engineers at Format, who used parametric design tools to generate the optimum shape and thickness of each piece.

7. Flow Wall, Istanbul

Flow wall inside Istanbul Airport Lounge (Source: www.dezeen.com)

This ribbon-like parametric wall design is nearly a mile long and connects together the 6 lounges of Istanbul Airport. It was designed by London-based architecture studio Softroom. Softroom describes the wall as “an intuitive route that transcends barriers of language and culture”. The studio created the wall in just 30 weeks using RhinoCAD software controlled by Grasshopper scripting.

Curious to see what other projects have been built using Rhino 3D? Read - 10 Fascinating Projects Created Using Rhino 3D You Need To Know About.

8. Entry to School of Biological Sciences, Australia

Entry to School of Biological Science by Kosloff Architecture (Source: www.archdaily.com)

The project was a collaboration between Kosloff Architecture, artist Callum Morton and Monash Art Projects (MAP) and Rush Wright Associates Pty Ltd. The entry portal curves in two directions. It draws on the artefacts of scientific research processes to provide passage to a ground floor gallery showcasing part of the extensive Monash University art collection.

9. Wiikiammi

Wiikiammi Pavillion (Source: www.archdaily.com)

The structure was designed by studio:indegenious as part of Exhibit Columbus which features site-responsive installations. Wiikiammi aims to connect the past to the present. The design was derived from traditional wigwam construction, using bent rods and overlapping patches of outer cladding, but was fabricated with modern materials such as welded rebar and waterjet cut metal panels.

10. Serpentine Pavilion by BIG, London

Serpentine Pavilion by BIG (Source: www.archdaily.com)

The parametric wall is designed from pultruded fibreglass “bricks” which lets light into the pavilion through each opening in the wall. This creates an interesting play of light and shadow inside the pavilion. Bjarke Ingels explains the simple manipulation of the archetypal space-defining garden wall changes as you move around it and move through it.

More and more architects and designers are shifting to adopting parametric modelling software like Rhino and Grasshopper to conceive environmentally friendly and context-relevant parametric forms.

Interested to do the same? Join Oneistox’s Parametric Modelling Course and learn this advanced modelling methodology, along with design thinking, using Rhino and Grasshopper. Stand out among your peers with unique designs in your portfolio and win better opportunities for your career.

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Nirupama Kannankattil

Nirupama is an architect by training and currently pursuing a master's degree in Strategic Design Management at NID, India. She is an avid reader, writer, and illustrator. Her interests lie at the intersections between architecture, management, and art. She loves the rain, herbal tea, and late-night drives.

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