“What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie”

Further to our discussion about parametric architecture in design–and algorithms driving design practices, this article on Herzog and De Meuron’s new concert hall;

“The auditorium—the largest of three concert halls in the Elbphilharmonie—is a product of parametric design, a process by which designers use algorithms to develop an object’s form. Algorithms have helped design bridges, motorcycle parts, typefaces—even chairs. In the case of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking pieces of a giant, undulating puzzle.”

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