Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29


This project was conceived as a formal exploration of undulating and intersecting tubular surfaces. To prepare cut sheets for fabrication- the algorithmic engine Grasshopper was used to generate sections, number off and sequence thousands of individual parts for the laser cutter. Developing this method of prototyping, we were able to achieve maximum usable surface area per sheet so that little material was wasted. The final assembly was constructed by hand rendering an unpredictable and ’archaic’ quality to the continuous and intersecting surfaces.  The translation from the 3D model to the physical object results in a desire unforeseen by the digital design engine; thus allowing multiple instances of spontaneity.  The study anticipates future applications at a one to one architectural scale using wood or masonry construction. 

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design — Frank Barkow, Clemens Klein, Jerome Hord