This is a case study on the use of topology optimization for building envelope design. It consists of a 3D printed structure, designed with Autodesk Fusion 360, where massive cloud-based computation is performed for optimization. It uses algorithms and AI to generate different structural possibilities while conducting a performance analysis of each design. A customized facade prototype and brackets were also created with topology optimization in mind. While the brackets are designed to be an extension of the primary structure, the facade is an extension of the structure as it uses the same topology simulation from the structure to thicken the panel and optimize its performance. A small scale prototype was printed to demonstrate the future potential of this technology for architecture and building envelope systems. This project was one of the first collaborations between the Autodesk Technology Centers in Toronto and Boston.
Design, research, and prototyping with Autodesk and LuxMea, including Ryan Cook, Steven Avis, Vahid Esraghi. Printed with Big Rep in Boston at the Autodesk BUILD Space and debuted at Autodesk Toronto MARS. 2020.
Autodesk Toronto Technology Center: Mathew Spremulli, Chris Chekan, Ellen Hlozan, Tyson Fogel, Andy Bates, Keith Chamberlain. Autodesk Boston Technology Center: Adam Day, Athena Moore, Haley Cormier, Stephanie Pender, Taylor Tobin. Big Rep: Christopher Lee. LuxMea: Steven Avis, Ryan Cook, Jean Yang, Edward Broeders, Vahid Esraghi, Xiao Su. Photography by Pasquale Volpintesta.