Here is another project from my first semester at Columbia University GSAPP for my Architectural Drawing and Representation class. The project was a semester long case study of the “Bird’s Nest” Beijing National Stadium, designed by Herzog and de Meuron. Using a variety of media, including axonometric projection, physical modelling and digital animation, I developed a critical understanding of the architects’ design intent. My project emphasized the layering of the building’s structure as an algorithmic progression, from the simple radial organization of the primary columns to the seemingly random placement of the secondary structure.
While the architecture of the “Bird’s Nest” appears complex when seen in its entirety, it can be understood quite clearly when broken down into a series of geometric operations. This sort of algorithmic thinking has become increasingly relevant as architects have developed methods of evolutionary simulation and generative design to deal with the increasingly complex demands of their designs. “The Algorithmic Boogie” presents this process of layering information as a sort of dance, set to the jazzy beat of Amon Tobin’s “Stoney Street”. Like the electronic layering of samples in Tobin’s music, Herzog and de Meuron created an incredibly intricate composition through the aggregation and variation of relatively simple architectural elements.