In the 2017 summer semester, students of the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture developed an exciting project involving sunscreen possibilities for a building façade. The result is five designs created with Marionette, the algorithmic modeling tool natively available in Vectorworks.
Image © Jan Philipp Wotschke
Project Background: New Babylon
The concept behind the project, cleverly called “Shared Towers,” was first created in 2016 as part of a semester-long project developed by the Chair of CAD at Detmold. Teams totaling 240 students designed 16 high-rise buildings using
The Power of Marionette
For this new project, students were tasked with choosing different sun protection variants for shared towers. The overarching goal was to give a new creative effect to the building envelope using Vectorworks and Marionette as the central tools.
The project was part of a course titled “Networked Design,” which was taught by Markus Graf, architect and research associate of Prof. Hans Sachs, along with tutors Pascal Völz and Marius Hagen. The students were each given two floors of towers and were assigned to complement them creatively using parametric models.
Image © Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture
Notable Results Thanks to Marionette
In addition to the collaboration resulting from Project Sharing, the students used Marionette for algorithmic modeling. "The students got along amazingly well with Marionette. I think you can tell from the great results,” says Graf.
Project 1 (Nico Günnewich):
Nico Günnewich presented a design where the light transmission can be controlled by power through the use of switching glass, which is divided into a small, individually controllable grid. If the glass is energized, it is transparent; if the circuit is interrupted, the glass turns milky.
Image © Nico Günnewich + schaltbare-Folien.de
Günnewich’s idea particularly impressed Graf. “His script includes about 500 nodes and the design can be implemented 1:1,” Graf explains. “The division of the glass surface into small panels, which are controlled by the grid, is a real novelty."
Image © Complete Marionette script by Nico Günnewich
Image © Condensed Marionette script by Nico Günnewich
Project 2 (Kea Stockbrügger):
Kea Stockbrügger presented a design with small panels attached to the building façade. The panels can be opened or closed to regulate the sun.
Image © Kea Stockbrügger
“This script could be created with minimal effort and is
Project 3 (Michael Niemann and Maximilian Pytlik):
Niemann and Pytlik created a design in which the influence of light is controlled by special shutters. Depending on the position of the sun, the individually curved, hinged modules rotate to provide optimum protection from the sun.
Image © Michael Niemann & Maximilian Pytlik
Image © Marionette script by Michael Niemann & Maximilian Pytlik
Project 4 (Jan Philipp Wotschke):
Image © Jan Philipp Wotschke
Project 5 (Philipp Hengstenberg):
In Hengstenberg’s approach, each window has two triangular rolled sails. Using a motor-driven chain, the opening state of the sail can be regulated, allowing an individual pattern on the building façade to be created.
Image © Philipp Hengstenberg
"This is a good, viable solution,” says Graf. “The sail works as a furling sail in yachting.”