DIGITAL PROJECT Frank Gehry’s Vision
Danish Architecture Centre
On view: March 09, 2007 - May 20, 2007
I started making shapes that were hard to draw. That led us to the computer and to Catia software which made me realize the possibilities and the level and degree of accuracy you could create in your documents and your relationships because of the software./Frank Gehry
Catia is Dassault Systèmes 3D modelling and fabrication software
used by the aerospace industry. Digital Project, a new software
that is simpler, more usable, and able to interface with other
systems, was developed by Gehry Technologies to disseminate his
Catia enabled design and construction methodologies to the rest of
Ten "Talking Heads" on monitors hanging from the ceiling talk about the different aspects of Digital Project. When visitors use the attached earphones the installation resembles an ongoing cocktail party.
To convey how solutions often begin as simple sketches and diagrams the first gallery is wallpapered with blown up hand drawn sketches that illustrate the spontaneous and immediate outcomes of conversations with clients and project team members.
The model is usually built by the architect. The architect who is coordinating the project will establish a skeleton. Building off this generic skeleton, the structural engineer will then dimension and design and build his columns or his concrete structural system. The cladding fabricator will devise and design and build a model of his cladding system and integrate that. So all the different people participating in the project begin to derive information from the model and contribute information back into the model. So the model is almost like a living thing that keeps growing through the project life cycle./Cristiano Ceccato, Director, Research & Consulting
Gehry Partners begin the design process by creating hand-built
models in order to capture the design intent. Once these models
have been reworked and refined, they are digitized to create
three-dimensional computer models, also known as building
information models (BIM) or master models.
Four very different projects, a skyscraper in Hong Kong, the
Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, a small project for the Danish
Cancer Society, and the MIT Stata Center in Massachusett
demonstrate, with models and photos, how Digital Project has been
used as a process tool.
/Stephen Fong, Managing Director Swire Properties Ltd.
We had infused a very precise discipline into the whole design process where architects, engineering consultants, structural engineers, all had to design to the same precise vocabulary. I think it has been an incredible process of intuitive collaboration.
It is all about project certainty. We know what we're designing, we know how much it's going to cost, we know how it's going to be built, and for us as a developer that is paramount to total success.
The Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona has been under construction since 1882 and is still some years from completion.
As part of an ongoing involvement with the Sagrada Família
Church researchers in SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture
Laboratory) lead by Professor Mark Burry are currently working on
investigation into Antoni Gaudí's final design models.
By using Digital Project to create designs that are consistent with all of the available historical information on the church, new insights are gained into Gaudí's own generative system. The results from these investigations are used to specify how the Church is actually being completed, thus making the church itself a statement of Gaudí's design intent.
We don't have to worry about whether or not we are fitting in with a paradigm of planned sections and elevations, all the other typical drawings that architects are obliged to use. We can go straight from our computer to the stonemason's yard, to their computer and we only sort of, negotiate though the prototypes that we make, and what we look at on our screens./Mark Burry
By choosing Gehry Partners for the Stata Center, MIT,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made a statement not only
about the campus plan, but also about the process of design and
construction. Project team members were asked to work in unique
ways, with slightly different tools and varying regulations about
how to work together.
On MIT where the 3D model was a tool almost from the beginning, there can be a conversation about how the building is going to be put together in terms of detailing, but also in terms of construction sequence, much earlier in the process, because the understanding of what we're trying to achieve technically and architecturally is starting to take place a lot earlier./Marc Salette, Partner, Gehry Partner, LLP
/Edwin Chan, Partner, Gehry Partner, LLP
Since the very beginning, in the initial phase when we spoke to our local architect, we have already talked about the possibility of using Gehry Technology. But the question is, how does one use the technology in the context that is not like Bilbao, that is not like Disney Hall, that has no curve? I think that the possibility is endless in the sense that, although it's modest in scale, the idea, the premise of creating a digital model that everybody can work on, is an asset.
Using Digital Project allows everybody in the team to collaborate on the design, to work out the structure. So the opportunity to use the technology, the software, to allow us to collaborate with our local architect, and with the structural engineer, to try to come up with a solution and reach a point where we can implement the project in a timely way is very important.
The exhibition, DIGITAL PROJECT - Frank Gehry's Vision, is a collaboration between Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP, Gehry Technologies, Curator Kirsten Kiser and the Danish Architecture Centre. The exhibition is sponsored by the foundation Realdania.
Last updated: December 10, 2012