One year ago, November 15th 2012 we launched Seascape Prototype #1 at Gili T. in Indonesia.

In the meanwhile the calcium-carbonate layer that surrounds the metal pieces has grown thicker. The synthesis between mineral accretion fabrication and the digitally developed skeleton becomes more evident as time passes.

Corals and fish seem to be fine :).

Seascape Prototype #1, Verena Vogler from Verena Vogler on Vimeo.

Some of the main challenges that our civilization is facing are related to environmental depletion and the restoration of damaged habitats. “Seascape Prototype #1” is an experiment about Computational Design and Ecological Underwater Manufacturing. It is a story of creation in one of Earth’s most challenging environments: THE OCEAN
Local natural material and energy resources occur in abundance, ready to be used for a novel way of creating.

/Seascape Prototype #1 is a project in collaboration with the Global Coral Reef Alliance and Gili Eco Trust


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Seascape architecture is an unexplored field of landscape architecture that holds promising potential for the future.

What is missing are strong implementations of seascape architecture in restoration. Here is where this project comes in, that I have developed over the last years.

Seascape Reef: Prototype #1” is a parametric metal structure that mimics a natural reef launched underwater prototype during the 8th Biorock Training Workshop in Indonesia. The project was designed as additive system, which can endlessly grow in 3 dimensions, by adding pieces of the “Under Water 3D puzzle”.  This way, linear, circular, high and low structures can be built. The small surface area of each piece made it easier for currents to pass through and the spiked edges to attach big corals- by just pushing them in. The structure was brought down in a basket and has been fully assembled under water in a short amount of time. Because of its nature- oriented geometry corals could be placed in different levels and fish were already able to hide in the gaps. In that case all pieces were designed with the same size which made it easier and faster to assemble and no complicated introduction was necessary.  The push-fit joints are reinforced by a limestone layer that emerges through mineral accretion fabrication.

The project has been designed digitally. All 100 pieces have been cut in a short amount of time out of sheet metal using a laser cutting machine at Laserpenta in Barcelona.

This ongoing research project will show whether this and other parametric structures are suitable for the local conditions at Gili Island and will guide the design of future artifical reefs.

Many thanks to Delfine and Tom to make the placement possible, to Karl  for the help with the anode connection and to Rani and David for great underwater photographs and of course to Amanda for the fantastic documentation of the electrolytic impact on the model.

Global Coral Reef Alliance, BIOROCK ©, Eco Gili TrustKarang Lestari Project @Permuteran Bali, David Enon

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Coral reefs are declining across the planet due to climate change, pollution and locally due to anthropogenic damage like dynamite fishing.

The Global Coral Reef Alliance, Gili Eco Trust together with local diving centers have organized and sponsored the 8th Biorock Training Workshop that took place at the Gili Trawangan Island in Indonesia during November 12th – 18th, with the goal of helping to restore some of the damaged coral reefs.
What is Biorock? Biorock© is known as a Mineral Accretion Technology that was developed by Architect, Marine Scientist, Prof. Wolf H. Hilbertz and  Biogeochemist and Marine Biologist Thomas J. Goreau. Commencing in 1974 they developed this technology through extensive experimental applications and demonstration projects, covering artificial reefs, coastal defense structures, shoreline stabilization – erosion control, mariculture, and marine construction.

During the Workshop we gained theoretical knowledge through lectures held by Thomas J. Goreau and practical hands- on skills on site: We were trained to build and weld metal structures out of rebar, to prepare and connect the anode mesh and became aware of the facts on site.
All structures have been shipped to a specific site and were put into place by divers. When the cables were connected, the structures were ready to function as cathode releasing H2 and growing a layer of calcium carbonate.
During various dive sessions, we volunteered as coral reef gardeners where we collected broken coral pieces and attached them later to the artificial reef structures under water. There they are going to function as habitat for marine life and attraction for divers.

I would like to thank the group of participants, Foud, Koman, Delfine and Thomas for this unique experience and the insight to a new medium to construct.

Global Coral Reef Alliance, BIOROCK ©, Eco Gili TrustKarang Lestari Project @Permuteran Bali


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KSPN2’s Chris Nelson takes a look at the Biorock Reefs @Gili during our workshop.


/ project in collaboration with Miralles Tagliabue  Arquitectos EMBT Barcelona

Client Hafencity Hamburg GmbH

Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue
Project Director: Karl Unglaub
Collaborators: Stefan Geenen, Verena Vogler, Max Gunst, Gabriele Rotelli
Inauguration: February 2012

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Location in Hamburg

The beautiful space of the Miralles Fundation designed by EMBT Arquitectos has been inaugurated this year in the old town of Barcelona. The current exhibition shows Miralles at Harvard in 1993.

© photographs Verena Vogler

6th-9th December 2011

In collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture of the Middle East Technical University- METU in Ankara, Turkey, we organized a Parametric Design Workshop for Master Students and  Nurus, an international design company located in Ankara.

Organisation: Arzu Gonenc Sorguc, Ipek Gursel Dino, Verena Vogler

Tutors: Maite Bravo (IAAC), Tobias Schwinn (ICD), Verena Vogler, Ioulietta Zindrou 

Assistants: Bilge Goktogan, Muge Krusa

Sponsors: ESER Insaat, METU Department of Architecture, NURUS from METU Ankara

This four day intense workshop was initiated by Ipek Gursel, Arzu Gonenc Sorguc (METU Ankara) and myself and dedicated to introduce techniques and concepts of parametric processes as instruments for architectural design and fabrication. Master students of METU developed parametric digital models and fabricated them of sheet metal. The workshop included a general introduction to Parametric Design and Fabrication, Software Tutorials, a series of lectures and a unique production experience at the NURUS Factory in Ankara. A central part of the learning was to experience all steps of the design process – from idea to production.

Selection of student work

© photographs Verena Vogler

/project in collaboration with EMBT Arquitectos

Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue
Project Director: Karl Unglaub
Collaborators: Verena Vogler, Martina Pusceddu
Inauguration: November 2011

Another Camper Store designed in collaboration with EMBT Arquitectos has been inaugurated in Georgetown in Washington DC, United States.

Camper-store-Benedetta-Tagliabue-Washington-DC-03 Camper-store-Benedetta-Tagliabue-Washington-DC-05 a Camper-store-Benedetta-Tagliabue-Washington-DC-06

/workshop carried out in collaboration with Prof. Henning Rambow, CAD department of the University of Applied Sciences Leizpig

Organisation: Prof. Henning Rambow, Verena Vogler

Tutors: Maite Bravo (IAAC), Luis Fraguada (LAN), Verena Vogler (EMBT),  Ioulietta Zindrou, Dimitri Stefanescu

Assistant: Patrik Bedarf


Invited students

Alex Mitxelena, Christoph Feinweber, Daniel Da Rocha, Diego Camargo, Ezekiel Collantes, Gonçalo Azevedo, Gonzalo Portabella, Gordon Tannhäuser, Henning Seide, Jannes Willhelm, Javier Perez Pittaluga, José Espizua Contreras, Martin Rieck, Peerapong Suntinanond,   Philipp Dittus, Robert Thompson, Steffen Reichert,           Sylvio Hoffmann, Tjong Jiayu, Utku Külahci, Vaiva Simoliunaite, Virginia Chiappa Nunez, Wing Yun Wai

Students  HTWK Leipzig (FH)

Adrian Heller, Christian Schunke, Christian Schlauch, Daniel Lücke, Dieter Ludwig , Dorothea von Rotberg, Eric Kessel-Büttner, Hung Siemang, Jörg Fritsche, Markus Fix, Martin Hegenbarth, Patrick Bedarf  , Paul Rudolph, Rocco Heyne, Stefan Huth   


Steffen Reichert, Ioulietta Zindrou

/project in collaboration with EMBT Arquitectos

Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue

Project Director: Karl Unglaub

Collaborators: Stefan Geenen, Verena Vogler, Max Gunst, Gabrielle Rotelli

Inauguration : September 2011

Please find the official picture gallery of the Hamburg Music school here

Conceptual Collage

The new auditorium with the main entrance foyer completes the program of the youth music school, finished in 1999. The extension, which was designed ten years after the original project is located in the narrow space between the old school and the new youth school and creates a new passage between them.

The auditorium is visible as an irregular round shape with a gallery level.  Mainly bricks cover the façade, referring in material and shape to the existing buildings.

Ornamentation: The façade pattern was inspired by sound waves and therefore indicates the content of the building in the exterior.

/Development Drawing of the Facade

The following pictures were taken during the Inauguration in September 2011 by Stefan Geenen.

Jugendmusikschule Hamburg, Konzertsaal

/Picture of the Model

/project in collaboration with  EMBT Arquitectos Barcelona

The name Camper stems form the Catalan term “campo” and means “countryside”. The imagination of shoes stepping on irregular robust surfaces as earth inspired the organic shaped interior of three different Camper Stores in Seville, Barcelona and Washington D.C. To try on shoes in front of mirrors turns into a joyful experience when twisted reflecting surfaces appeared in the project.

Camper shoes were historically built in Mallorca out of flat cut leather patterns. Put together they become beautiful three-dimensional wrappings. The interior for the Camper Stores was designed and produced in a very similar way. The profiles of different Camper shoe models such as shoes with or without hills, sneakers, boots or sandals, for men or for women inspired the geometry of the shelves. All flat profiles were put one next to the other and a volume appeared. Transformations between the shoe profiles create benches, tables, surfaces and a lot of crazy mirrors.

Architect:  Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT)

Project Director: Karl Unglaub

Collaborators: Verena Vogler, Stefan Geenen, Gabriele Rotelli

Inauguration: November 2010

photography artist: Marcela Grassi

/ competition in collaboration with EMBT Miralles Tgaliabue Arquitectos Barcelona

Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT) was recently awarded first prize in the International Competition for the New Campus of Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, China. Fudan is part of a network of universities and their respective buildings located in Shanghai, Fudan is also a very special and unique university with an extensive history and a very unique character. Besides the main campus, there are two new components. These components are not closely located, they are separate pieces, so in order to establish the connection the buildings must convey the identity of Fudan and contemporary life.

Architect: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)
Project director: Joan Callís (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)
Collaborators: Karl Unglaub, Salvador Gilabert, Dani Rosselló, Stefan Geenen, Verena Vogler, Valentina Nicol Noris, Maria Francesca Origa, Gabriele Rotelli, William George Mathers, Giulia Altarelli, Felipe Pecegueiro Do A. Curado, Mar Flores, Suhash Patel, Roberto Palau Tamez, Diana Rizzoli, Heather Mc Vicor, Lorenzo Magno, Ana Catalina Villareal Yarto, Michael Zaccaria, Frederik Hesseldahl, Lynda Zein, Silvia Rio, Erica Lago, Martin, Ana Isabel Mireles Gonzalez, Beatriz Cabanillas
Structural Engineer: MC2 – Julio Martínez Calzón
Consultancy for Building Energy Systems Analysis and Design: Prof. Brian Cody

/aereal view

/interior view

The public life within the new campus buildings is generated under the roof-structure within the block. The program of the business school is expected to engage about 8,000 people in the complex at peak times. In this aspect the buildings require an easy and clear organization of the complex program. All public activities like Big Auditorium, library, museum, student food core, shops are placed on the first level, second level, and level minus one. All these public levels connect with the campus garden. The main classrooms are on the third and fourth floors. The block on the west side is connected with bridges to establish an easy and continuous circulation route for the students. On top of the classroom and lounge route are located the separate units of administration, incubator, research, conference center, etc. The theater and the museum are on the ground floor of the block on the east, and the alumni club is linked to the museum so that they can share facilities.

/Position in Shanghai


The footprint of the campus will be an essential element in generating an urban mixture. Miralles Tagliabue (EMBT) strongly believe that the central green spine between the blocks of the campus will play a major role in creating the mixture. The existing structure of the area does not have the capacity to generate any public life, the new Fudan campus will create a new core in the new community. The blocks on the western façade side are connected by a public green space. The master plan for this new zone defines the density and heights. The new buildings must have a relationship to the surrounding buildings, the volumes must relate to the urban context, and be adjustable to the different functions. EMBT modified the volumes of the master plan within the given specification to create that mixture. The buildings become part of a network of connections, instead of forming borders.

/view courtyard

Key Attention is given to the public gathering space of the building. Timber and other material are used to give a confortable and welcoming feeling. The central Boulevard is more urban and has big trees and water features. The internal zone introduces vegetation in between the building and mixes the interior.


Also check out this website!

The book apomechanes –nonlinear computational design strategies presents all the projects designed and manufactured during the studios apomechanes 2009 & 2010, along with new and original articles from architects and academics such as Karl Chu, Carla Leitao, Dave Pigram, Roland Snooks & Robert Stuart-Smith [Kokkugia], Ezio Blasetti & Pavlos Xanthopoulos & Ioulietta Zindrou [Ahylo], which investigate computational design and its fields of application.


 Review  Rhino News

Buy the book here!

/EMBT video

Gathering of friends in honor of Enric Miralles with the work of the artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in the Diagonal Mar Park, 3rd of July 2010.

/ project in collaboration with  EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectos

In collaboration with EMBT I have worked on a project for the Majorcan Shoemakers named Camper in Paseig de Gracia in my recent hometown of Barcelona. Each section of the furniture represents a typical Camper-shoe.  The official inauguration will be next tuesday, the 30th of November.

For now i would like to share some collages.

/during the construction

/ in collaboration with a group of young international architects

On the 5th of July the official webpage of  Green Wabii will be launched.

What is Green Wabii?

GreenWabii is an independent platform that aims primarily at the sustainable and social progress in developing countries. It is based on effective partnerships among individuals, communities, governments, businesses, academia and research.

The main missions are to extend the theoretical and empirical research on sustainability, to cultivate awareness, to promote discussions of relevant solutions and policies, and to propel the configuration and sustainable growth of developing countries.

If you are interested to learn more about the Green Wabii manifest you should directly look it up.

A group of authors from Portugal, Italy, Puerto Rico, India, South Korea, Poland, Spain, Agentina, Venezuela and Germany (me) will take care about the content of the page. I am very happy to find some old friends from the Master in between these people :).


Prof. Mag. Arch. Hubert Herman, Prof. Claudia Capeller

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig

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„Der Mensch lebt so lange wie der letzte Mensch, der sich an ihn erinnert.“

–       Reiner Sörries, Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur Kassel

Gegenwärtige gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen tendieren zu mehr Flexibilität, Pluralität und Mobilität und haben einen Wandel in der Bestattungskultur und somit auch in der Sakralarchitektur zur Folge. Die Diplomarbeit setzt sich kritisch mit der Rolle der gegenwärtigen Friedhofsarchitektur auseinander und verfolgt dabei inhaltlich das Ziel, das Tabuthema „Tod“ wieder in das Zentrum des städtebaulichen Geschehens zu rücken. Die praktische Umsetzung wird anhand eines Entwurfes einer Friedhofsanlage im Zentrum der süditalienischen Kleinstadt San Giuliano di Puglia gezeigt, welche 2002 durch ein schweres Erdbeben teilweise zerstört worden war. Der Masterplanentwurf für das Neue Zentrum San Giulianos schafft inhaltliche und räumliche Wechselbezüge zwischen geschäftigen Orten und Orten der Stille und Erinnerung. Die architektonische Gestaltung der Baukörper orientiert sich an der umliegenden Landschaft, welche sich harmonisch in die Topographie eingliedern. Die landschaftsarchitektonische Gestaltung der Aussenräume spielt hierbei eine besondere Rolle. Durch Symbolhaftigkeit, Materialität und Beziehungen wird der Friedhof ein Ort des Gefühls und jeglicher Art von Kommunikation. Seine räumlichen Bestandteile umfassen eine Kapelle mit Kreuzgang, eine Grabhalle mit vorgelagertem Gräberfeld sowie einem Organisationsgebäude mit entsprechenden Verwaltungs- und Aufbewahrungsräumlichkeiten. Der Entwurf zeigt auf, wie sich der gegenwärtige Wandel in der Bestattungskultur auf harmonische und zukunftsorientierte Weise in einem süditalienischen Dorf vollziehen könnte, der dem Ort in kultureller, historischer und funktioneller Hinsicht gerecht werden soll.

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/ project in collaboration with EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectos Barcelona

Isabel Coixet `s Giant Baby

Thanks to Vaiva for the nice shots from the Expo :).

Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue  (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)


Project Director: Makoto Fukuda, Arch, Salvador Gilabert, Arch                       


Project Director: Salvador Gilabert , Arch

Construction :

Project Director: Salvador Gilabert , Arch

Project Director on site: Igor Peraza, Arch

Collaboradors (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT):

Makoto Fukuda. Arch., Mattia Cappelletti, Arch., Vaiva Simoliunaite, Arch, Arch., Jack O’kelly, Arch., Qiwei Hu , Arch., Gabriele Rotelli, Arch.  Guile Amadeu.

Ailyn Alfaro, Alessandra Deidda, Alessandro Balbi, Alice Puleo, Armando Arteaga, Barbara Asnaghi, Carles Pastor, Carolina Carvalho, Cesar Trujillo, Christian Pamies, Clara Nubiola, Cristina Salvi, Daniela Bortz, Diego Parra, Ermanno Marota, Ewa Pic, Fernanda Riotto Fernandes, Francesca Ciprini, Françoise Lempereur, Gian Mario Tonossi, Giorgia Cetto, Giovanni Cetto, Gitte Kjaer, Giuseppe Maria Fanara, Gordon Tannhauser, Guillermo Marcondes Zambrano, Guto Santos, Jan Kokol, Johane Ronsholt, Jose Andrés Cantor, Jose Antonio Pavon, Judith Plas, Kazuya Morita, Kirsti Øygarden, Lee Shun Chieh, Lin Chia Ping, Logan Yuen, Luciana Cardoso, Luis Alejandro Vivas, Manuel Rearte, Marco Quagliatini, Maria Francesca Origa, Maria Loucaidou, Marta Martinez, Michael González , Michelangelo Pinto, Michele Buizza, Mireia Soriano, Natalia Leone, Noelia Pickard, Olivia Kostika, Paola Lodi, Paul Andrew Brogna, Phuoc Tan Huynh, Roberto Stefano Naboni, Sara Cuccu, Simona Covello, Stefan Geenen, Susana Oses, Travis McCarra, Verena Vogler, Virginia Chiappa Nunez, Xavier Ferrús, Rafael Loschiavo Miranda

Apo Mechanes #2


/ project in collaboration with EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectos Barcelona

With the inauguration of the World Expo in Shanghai the Spanish Pavilion opened its doors to the public. At the first day more than 22.000 visitors came to see and enter the giant basket. Outstanding and impressive are the wicker components which were placed along cables on top of the steel structure. They form a semi-transparent facade with special light effects on the inside. Outside they are responsible for that unique appearance of the pavilion. All panels have been fabricated traditionally by Chinese wicker craftsmanship.

Images of the finished project

Besides that, take a look inside of  the most recent publication of “AV proyectos #36” (Arquitectura Viva).

Futher pictures from Shanghai will follow soon 🙂

/project by EMBT

I just would like to share the following links with you. Enjoy the images:)

Camper Store in Sevilla, Spain (finished in September 2009)

EMBT Camper Project

Aggregation “Miralles in Space “

/project by Verena Vogler at the ApoMechanes Workshop

Miralles in SPACE

“Los deplazamientos, los giros, hacen perder el papel su carácter de lámina. Es una estructura de trabajo. Sus reglas son la de la economia y las de la comunidad.”

“Shifts and turns make the paper lose its sheet nature. It is a working structure. Its rules are those of economics and communiy.”

-Enric Miralles-

“Miralles in Space” is an experiment. It refers to the way Enric Miralles used to sketch and work out technical drawings: He typically used two straight lines that meet on different angles and connected them by a fillet curve.

 The project was an intention to translate his drafting language not only the mathematical logic but also the aesthetics into space. Making use of scripting two straight lines in space served as input to generate a gentle blended curve as connection. Another straight curve emerges out of the relation and connects with the input curves. Numerous generations of this algorithm trigger a complex compound of connected 3D straight and blended curves, which later are transformed into paper tubes.

Hereby paper folds evolve into vivid structures that naturally fill the space.

/Final Variation

Thanks for a great supervision to Dave, Ezio and Roland 🙂  and of cause to Ioulietta  for so much fun in Greece!!!

See all results of the workshop here:  Apomechanes

/26.-29th June 2009 HTWK Leipzig


Leipzig`s 1st Parametric Design Workshop initiated in collaboration with Prof. Henning Rambow of the CAD department at the HTWK Leipzig (FH) in Germany was a four day intense digital design and fabrication event for international Master students. During the workshop students designed and developed digital models and explored the potential of sheet folding and fabrication using a laser cutter. This event was dedicated to explore techniques and concepts of parametric processes from conceptual formulations, to design development, to final fabrication, as instruments for an architectural exploration using Rhino Grasshopper.

Leipzig, 26th -29th of June 2009 in Leipzig

Registration open until June 13th -> mail to: RAMBOW@fbb.HTWK-Leipzig.de

From June 26th until June 29th  a group of young architects from Greece, Chile, Puerto Rico and Germany based in Barcelona is organising Leipzig`s 1st Parametric Design Workshop at the HTWK Leipzig (FH) in Germany. We are looking forward to collaborate with Dimitrie Stefanescu from Bucharest, Professor Henning Rambow and Patrik Bedarf from the HTWK Leipzig.

This 4 day intense workshop is dedicated to develop techniques and concepts of parametric processes as instruments for architectural design and fabrication using Rhino Grasshopper. Students are going to develop parametric Light and Shadow objects in a digital way and will then fabricate them in 1:1 scale in form of a physical model. The workshop includes a general Introduction to Parametric Design and Fabrication, five Grasshopper Tutorials, a lecture on Performative Architecture, a short Origami Session and finally the Fabrication  using laser cutters. It is a central part of the learning process to take all steps of the process – from design to fabrication.

The international team of tutors will provide technical assistance and accompany all individual projects from the initial idea to the digital modelling and the fabrication process.

The workshop will be an intense and exciting experience for all participants. On Monday the 29th of June all results will be exhibited at the HTWK Leipzig. Opening of the Exhibition will be at 19.00.



Luis Fraguada, Ioulietta Zindrou, Maite Bravo, Verena Vogler


Dimitrie Stefanescu


Henning Rambow, Patrik Bedarf

This summer a group of young architects from Greece and the U.S. are launching the Apo Mechanes workshop in Athens. From the 27th of July until the 11th of August they are planning to investigate together with students from all over the globe new modes of algorithmic processes in architectural design and fabrication.


Luckily I have the possibilty to join them in sunny Greece :). The registration is still open.

The coordinators :
Ezio Blasetti,
Dave Pigram,
Roland Snooks
Ioulietta Zindrou

EZIO BLASETTI, registered architect TEE-TCG, holds a masters of science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University after graduating from the National Technical University of Athens. Founder of algorithmicdesign.net Ezio is 1/3 of Serge Studio, his recent collaborations include Acconci Studio, biothing and a|Um studio. He has taught at Columbia University, the Architectural Association, The Pratt Institute.

DAVE PIGRAM is the founding Partner of supermanoeuvre, Dave Pigram has taught at Columbia University, the Architectural Association, The Pratt Institute, The University of Michigan and The University of Canberra. He has exhibited and lectured on his work internationally and was formerly a project director for Studio Daniel Libeskind.

ROLAND SNOOKS is the founding partner of Kokkugia, he teaches at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, having previously taught at Sci-Arc, University of Southern California, UCLA, Pratt Institute and RMIT University. Roland was the curator of the Australasian section of this year’s Architecture Bienale Beijing


The book has been recently published by Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC, an international center for research, education and development of architecture on a multi-level scale, ranging from bits to geography. It explains an illustrates student and research projects during the academic years of 2007- 2009.

Please find the book here.


/project by Ioulietta Zindrou, Georgia Voudouri and Verena Vogler


The Bouwkunde building goes back to the 60s with a typical modern Campus.

The destruction of the Bouwkunde building caused a striking architectural void as well as striking disturbance of its Social Network. Suddenly, a central and important building was missing in the Campus Grid.

In our approach, we face this moment of social discontinuity with the transformation of the original campus grid. Particularly, we use a mathematical algorithm which has many applications in evolutionary biology as well as developmental biology:

Fibonacci algorithm:

1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34

Apart from its biological component, the Fibonacci algorithm has an geometrical component, since it can be used to infer the Golden Section:

1 /1 = 1,   2/1 = 2,   3/2 = 1·5,   5/3 = 1·666…,   8/5 = 1·6,   13/8 = 1·625,   21/13 = 1·61538…

By applying these algorithms several options appeared of where to place the new building. In the end, the new building can fill the gap and re-adapt the void. The result is a transformed Bouwkunde Campus which can successfully encounter the social discontinuity.




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Topview of  proposal



The winners of the competition are announced here

The Expo 2008 Zaragoza took place in between the 14th of June and the 14th of September. The topic this year was “Water and Sustainable Development“. I was very curious about the exhibition and went to Zaragoza this August.

With the following photo stream I would like to share some impressions 🙂 .

Bridge Pavillon over the Ebro River by Zaha Hadid and Arup engineers, Spainish Pavillon with its columns out of clay designed by Francisco Mangado, 3 Cubes

Since a couple of days the Expo Zaragoza closed its doors to the public. From now on the area will be transformed into a sustainable Business Park which is promised to be the most modern in Europe. Here you will find some informations -> Zaragoza  after EXPO


In the end of July I’ve sent my Thesis project as a proposal for the Urban Competition 2008 to London. Almost 400 international architects took part in the competition. To check other proposals and the winners click here! Its worth it to take a look ;).


 Article_1  We have NO VISION by Verena Vogler

Verena Vogler

Buildings that communicate a message are the continuation of the centuries old tradition of prestigious architecture. Decorative columns and architraves, bell towers and domes, the impressively decorated palaces built by the nobility in bygone centuries and equally the modern skyscrapers – cathedrals of capitalism – have always been, and still are, designed as a statement of social status, not purely as practical considerations.

Prestigious buildings also have “something to say”, they have always intended to send a message:

Towers have always been a symbol of power and influence. The Crysler Building was the first building to surpass the Eiffel Tower in hight, until the Empire State Building won the title of the tallest building in the world.

Today buildings are about to literally incorporate the expression of a brand which are the manifestation of lifestyle choices through the intermediary of products and services.

There is no doubt that products of fashion, luxuary articles such as cigarettes or fragrances and certainly cars are contemporary lifestyle products. People buy specific brands because they feel an affinity with the style they represent, adapting the latter in their own lives. It is surprinsing that only a few of the biggest and best known global brands such as Coca Cola have grasped the opportunity of making use of architecture in their communication strategy. But for fact, in present, the large car manufacturers who base the design of their offices and showrooms on a distinct corporate identity and the transport industry is effectively the only sector to have truly grasped the extent to which architecture can underline and even enhance a service.

Calatrava’s futuristic TGV station in Lyon domonstrates the potential of expressive architecture in functional buildings for travellers.

A new trend towards corporate identity appropriate architecture started to develop in the 1990s, in an area of buisiness activity that uniquely exemplifies the evolution and future of brand communication: the design of exhibition stands for the world’s major trade fairs. At the bianual Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the major German brands such as Mercedes or Volkswagen take over an entire hall of the trade fair center and, for the 13 days of the show , completely revamp the interior to such an extent that the average visitor has no idea of the physical structure of the building. They create a brand environment that fully negates the structural context. The exhibitor, by contrast, builds a stage set on which to produce a tangible experience of the brand, and that is a completely different matter.

What is the intension of communicative architecture? Its aim is not merely to create a recognisable image, communicative architecture tries not to visually represent the brand.  Instead it tries to translate brand values into the language of architecture. And because brands represent modern- day values, the architecture must also be modern- today with an opening towards tomorrow.

Cathedrals of Modern Time: Zaha Hadid’s BMW factory in Leipzig. BMW, one of the German major brands in the automobil industry, tries to communicate the brand value “dynamic: joy in driving”. Architects such as Zaha Hadid and Coop Himmel(b)lau collaborate mainly with BMW and are estimated by the company because they transmit best these values into architecture. Likewise, the Dutch architect Ben van Berkel works together with Mercedes Benz.

 Sex sells – and today? “Architecture. The New Sexy Subject for Fashion Moguls.” (1) Understood from this perspective, constructed reality, architecture, provides a visible, tangible setting and a symbol through which self-perception can be conveyed. This may not be a really new concept, in addition to its actual function, architecture has always served to express the philosophy and identity of its patrons.

The historical proclivity “form follows identity” paradigm was largly forgotten in favour of the rationale “form follows function” in the mid- twentieth century. Obviously a greater emphases was placed on functionality. Only recently has a symbolic content of architecture enjoyed rebirth through communicative and image- values. The famous architect has come to be considered a status symbol. The client is now happy to scale back his practical requirements in favour of of a more pretigious result. The architect himself becomes a brand. The goal is “form follows identity”- and objective that naturally takes functional requirements into account, while at the same time expressing the essence of the brand.

(1) Suzy Menkes, “Architecture. The New Sexy Sunject for Fashion Moguls”: International Herald Tribune, 23.01. 2001




Zaha Hadid, Architektur- architecture, Ostfildern- Ruit 2003.

Architektur als Markenkommunikation: dynaform + cube, Basel 2002.

Mercedes- Benz- Museum, Konstanz 2007.

Bauhaus, Koeln 2006.

Wolfgang Hofmann, Goldener Schnitt und Komposition, Wilhelmshaven 1973.

Manfred Omahna, Plurale Räume, Muenster 2006.

Zaha Hadid, urban architecture Wolfsburg- Rom- Cincinnati, Berlin 2000.

Robert Venturi, Learning from Las Vegas, 1978.


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Workshop topic:  “EL VIENTO” (THE WIND)


This congress and workshop were organised by the Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo del Cabildo de Lanzarote together with the Museum of International Contemporary Art (MIAC) in Arrecife, Lanzarote. The Staedelschule Frankfurt with Oliver Tessmann and Anton Savov, ETSA of Las Palmes with Juan Palop and the IAAC Barcelona with Marta Male Alemany contributed to this event. About 30 Master Students participated in that event in order to approach architecturally the impact of the wind at the Lanzarote Island.  As strong influence, the wind shapes not only the landscape but also the life of people in Lanzarote.

The workshop was dedicated to environmental research and the exploration of the island of Lanzarote. We were invited to explore unique natural sites such as the National Park “Timanfaya”, the Famara Beach or the salt refineries where we observed and discovered significant environmental issues that served as initial inspiration for a design proposal related to wind as driving. 

Ecological Adventure Park 

Design proposal with Patricia Acosta, Maria Eftychi, Luis Fraguada, Verena Vogler

Salt refineries are agricultural territories for salt production with significant economical and traditional importance for Lanzarote. For instance the Salinas of Janubio are the largest salt refinery of the Canary Islands. In the past, these salt farms were sustainable facilities empowered by windmills that pump seawater into multiple basins. Through the heat of the sun and strong winds the seawater in the basins evaporates and salt remains at the bottom. This type of production is highly sustainable because local abundant materials as salt dissolved in seawater and natural energy resources as the wind and sun are used. Unfortunately today electrical engines replace the ancient windmills and the Salinas’ importance is greater for tourism than salt production.

A natural version of salt refineries can be found along the coastline in lava cliffs formations. Natural holes washed out by the water and shaped by the wind are filled with seawater. When the wind distributes the seawater the heat of the sun causes evaporation, which lets salt appear at the bottom of the hole.


Inspired by natural and artificial salt production we proposed a combination of the functional logic of the salt refineries and the idea of a vivid landscape that offers leisure activities for people. Thereby we would like to contribute to the reactivation and expansion of sustainable salt production through windmills (100%) and to the education of visitors about environmental awareness in form of an “Ecological Adventure Park”.

In detail, we designed a digital tool that maps the most logical sights for these hybrid- installations.


1. Distance from the coastline, because the seawater is the major material

2. Direction and power of the trade winds that come from the northeast, e.g. their impact in the north of the island stronger than in the south

3. Distribution and the impact of the man- made infrastructure (cities, villages, agriculture areas)

Fig A shows offset of lines of the coastline. The distance between the lines is smaller near the coast -> smaller basins for salt production/ larger distances between the lines in the inland -> larger basins for leisure activities

Fig B shows the infrastructural centers of Lanzarote

Fig C these are some intersection points that were extracted from the three layers of grids on top of each other

Fig D shows a ZOOM, the site was picked randomly as example

We developed a script using Rhino Monkey, which connects the four closest points and converts them into a surface. Depending on the size of the surface area the surfaces get a different colour code, which encodes the depth of the area.

The correlations in this case would be:

1. the bigger the area, the darker the colour, the more profound the basin -> pool for leisure activities

2. The smaller the area, the lighter the colour, the more shallow the basin -> basin for salt production


Our design proposal for a specific sight includes sustainable empowered salt basins which are part of an activity landscape of pools for visitors.


During our stay at Lanzarote we visited different architectural highlights such as the works of the local architect César Manrique, who incorporated lava as natural material in his buildings.

The Design Conference of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung) at the Bauhaus Dessau attracted students from fields of design, architecture, audio-visual media, interface design and fine arts. We interchanged our works and held discussions about the “Zeitgeist” in creative disciplines. Prof.Christian Janecke and Prof. Bernd Kracke from Offenbach School of Design opened a series of interesting lectures and the exhibition. I exhibited my works form my Master Studies at the IAAC Barcelona.

Discussions: Sabine Starke, Julia Apitzsch, Ulrike Storost, Stefan Lausch, Hanna Bruchmüller, Verena Vogler

In this context I had the chance to show my works from my Master Studies at the IaaC Barcelona.

at the rooftop of the Bauhaus School

Bauhaus Dessau


In the class of Architectural Theory directed by Neil Leach, I wrote an essay about Deleuze’s expressiveness and territorialization. I tried to find links to Delanda’s philosophy of New Materialism and relations to today’s urban territories. This field is very interesting.

Check the Essay here:  territorializationexpressiveness2



/model Parametric Hat

“Digital Tectonics”

This exhibition was dedicated to introduce digital designed and fabricated works to the public. The term “Digital Tectonics” refers to the book published by Neil Leach, David Turnbull and Chris Williams in 2004.  “Digital Tectonics addresses a new sensibility within the building industry and explores its dependence upon digital technologies.”

Der Titel „Digital Tectonics“ scheint widersprüchlich in sich selbst. Wie kann das Digitale Tektonisch sein oder das Tektonische Digital? Viele würden behaupten, dass das Digitale zu einer völligen immateriellen Welt bestehend aus computergenerierten Algorithmen und das Tektonische als völliger Kontrast dazu sich auf die materielle Welt der Konstruktion  bezieht. Aber was können diese Begriffe in dieser Kombination bedeuten?


Der Titel bezieht sich hierbei auf ein neues Denkparadigma in der Architekturkultur. Computer erlauben uns heute immer fortschrittlicher 3D zu modellieren. Das, was hierbei als „Material“ bezeichnet wird und somit auf den Begriff der Tektonik anspielt, wird als der kleinste Bestandteil- als Baustein gesehen, aus welchem Modelle generiert werden können. Diese Modelle können komplexe strukturelle Systeme sein.

Im Bereich der Digitalen Architektur besteht heute ein großes Interesse die strukturelle Logik von Gebäuden zu erfassen und diese herzustellen. Oft orientiert man sich an Systemen in der Natur und versucht deren Logik im Bereich von Design und Architektur anzuwenden.


In meinen Arbeiten möchte ich einige Beispiele und Anregungen zum Digitalen Entwerfen aufzeigen. Ich verstehe Digitales Entwerfen als Werkzeug um komplexere Geometrien zu modellieren und damit verstehen zu können. Die Mehrzahl der ausgestellten Modelle sind parametrisch entworfen worden. Das bedeutet, dass das entstandene Objekt nur eine Variante von einer Vielzahl an Möglichkeiten ist. Das digitale Modell beruft sich auf Parameter, welche sich nicht nur aufeinander beziehen sondern auf an Benutzer oder bestimmte Umweltbedingungen angepasst werden können.


Verena Vogler




Master Thesis Project: “CREATURE“, Movable Architecture Gallery at the Thames River (July 2008)

Supervisor: Prof. Marta Male Alemany (IaaC), Martin Sobota (Berlage Institute, Rotterdam)

Abstract: Water movements such as river streams provide a sustainable source of energy in urban contexts with the potential of establishing sustainable interactions in the city. This Thesis investigates in which way the architectural design of a floating aquatic platform („Creature“) can take advantage of the Thames River´s currents to create an interactive movable exhibition space. Experimental testing on how natural organisms move orthogonally to water current has brought some insight into principles of active and passive movements in water. Trapezoid shaped components with flexible joints were identified as the most efficient and flexible geometrical solution for the project´s purpose and the movement transition between the elements. Special designed front elements, which are actively controlled through a fine system of gates and underwater-channels, transfer stream energy from component to component. Closed gates increase the resistance against the water current and hereby drag back part of the structure, thus transforming its shape. Beyond this internal deformation, the structure moves in relation to the river and to its fixation point as a second response. Both, first and second responses of the structure towards the river’s water current bring about an oscillating and natural movement as part of the visitor´s experience to this public space.

19.07. Perspective 4

Design project in collaboration with the IAAC Barcelona, 2008

Digital tectonics Design Studio : Marta M. Alemany

First, the Romans realized the potential of the dome developing masonry domes and vaults. These constructions enabled circular vaults, usually in the form of a portion of a sphere that exert an equal thrust in all directions. In modern architecture the availability of reinforced and thin-shell concrete, glass and steel, and plastic has stimulated interest in the use of shells for roofing purposes. The IaaC Card Board Dome has been a practical experiment on how to built a reinforced shell construction out of a recyclable material using digital design and fabrication technology. One important parameter for the design was the relationship between material (Cardboard) and performance, for fabrication the key parameters were economics and production feasibility at the IaaC Fab Lab. The final prototype pavilion was produced and assembled out of 1,5mm thick folded triangular cardboard components joint through zip ties. Each unfolded module was limited in its size to the dimensions of the existing Laser cutter bed at the FABLAB Barcelona.  Finally the interactive design sub group provided an interactive illumination pattern for the pavilion. Components could be stimulated by sound and illuminated the structure. The project was a collaborative work between twenty Master students.

/3D printed model of stress analysis

structural model dome 249_23962530123_5374_n

Tectonic Cube



/project by Verena Vogler at IAAC

In Digital Fabrication Class we designed using Rhino an object inside of a virtual cube 6 x 6 cm. On each one of the 6 sides we were supposed to put a link in order to connect the model with others.

Using th 3D- Printer the digital model became a physical object. Today was the day to pick up our babies out of the powder after 14 hrs being printed layer by layer.

/3D Printer

/group-project at IAAC
Our group was assigned rotational input and light output for our electronics assignment. We got off to a great start with the milling, and chip making.
We decided for the panel that it would be much nicer if the actual object that you controlled was the object that changed, so we devised a series of 8×8x8cm cubes that would contain the electronic components. These 9 cubes were mounted on a large base board, allowing the sensor to be fixed and the cubes to rotate. Many long discussion were fought about the layout of the cubes, but ultimately we decided that a fairly regular pattern would suit the project better.
The panel its self allows you to vary the rate at which the light blinks by the amount that you rotate the cubes.

Parametric Hat


/design project Agata Kycia, Monika Szawiola, Verena Vogler at IaaC Barcelona

Parametric design and fabrication tools become more and more relevant when it comes to customized objects in fashion design as each body has a different size and each person a personal preference of style.


Monika, Agata and me designed a hat for each person in class using the same digital parametric model.  Our 3D model is based on several parameters that describe the physical form of the head (circumference, height, distance in between shoulders) and others that relate to the character of the person (shyness vs. craziness). In detail, three depending ellipses are arranged around one axis. These can be changed in angle, diameters and distance. The resulting loft in between these ellipses is populated with structure providing origami components. All components can be fabricated using a regular Laser Cutter out of varying materials such as paper or thin plastic sheets of different colors.

different structures, different components


/project by Dorota Kabala, Verena Vogler


The project has been developed during a time period of moreless 8 weeks in the STUDIO of Digital Tectonics. The first approach was to design a house which is connected to its site and which is changable in many ways. It could adapt to its environment, to its users or to any other parameter.

The site we devided in 3 different spaces: COMMON, PRIVATE and STORAGE. By implementing parameter for each space the user could decide which area (m²), hight or lenght each space should have. This principle is working in a matrix of 3 X 3 (spaces).

It was important to us to leave the front fasade very strict and plane while the backfasade and the outer frame of the building will adopt to the specific parameters.







We used one single component as a base. By changing the parameter of the opening we had suddenly 3 different components for privat, common and storage space. These we implemented in the pattern of the backfasade. So while observing this face of the house one could read the 3 different spaces from outside.


We used two methods to fabricate physical parametric models.





/Design Experiment with Eduardo Mayoral at the IAAC Barcelona, 2007

„In a feature of space an ATTRACTOR is the most probable of possible states. It has the most chance to become real.“

Manuel DeLanda

How to design an explosion?

The intense moment of an explosion can be captured in form of an image, a thought or even by an abstract model that carries the full energy of the action. In this design experiment we focused on the visualization and fabrication of the chaotic mathematical equation of strange attractors. Lorenz Attractors are one specific system of ordinary differential equations, when plotted; resemble a butterfly or figure eight. Rhino Script helped to visualize these actions in form of a 3D model that we later fabricated as paper model. Through the process we discovered the secret and tremendous beauty of this mathematical function.

19 Kopie Kopie

6 Kopie

IMG_0819 Kopie

e+v planta Kopie

/ project by Kihoon Nam, Vagia Pantou, Verena Vogler at the IAAC

In the Old City of Barcelona is famous for his high level of noise around the clock. The city administration has many problems responding to this fact. Our Case Study of Barcelona Noise show terrific relations.

Finally we are presenting our final conclusions concerning the level of noise in the old town of Barcelona. Our main question was to find out about the general level of noise (in dB) in comparison to the level of noise (in dB) caused by leisure. As LEISURE we defined all activities caused by human actions during their freetime.

The work we did is based on a multiplicity of measurements in from of digital videos during the night and the day. We transformed the sound information of the video sequence into a graphical information and started to refer it to a table of Decibels (dB). We put all collected data into a diagram. The order from north to south of each sub- part is the reason why the diagram became a map.

Have a closer look to the maps and you will find interesting relationship in between the level of noise, the infrastructure, close and open spaces.

The white bars stand for the highest general measured level of noise and the black bars stand for the highest measured level of noise caused by leisure.1-kopie.jpg

click here for PDF presentation:leisure-and-noise.pdf

see more maps here

robusta °2


Studio project with Diego Camargo at IAAC Barcelona, 2007

Supervisor: Vincente Guallart, Willy Müller, Marta M. Alemany

How to design a tree?

Washingtonia Robusta: Palm trees are composed of natural fiber systems of different scales, which are the reason for its incredible strength and flexibility. One of the most popular palm trees in Barcelona is called Washingtonia Robusta has inspired the design project “Robusta °2”.

Robusta °2: We were wondering if we could look at nature in order to discover rules of organisation and growth in order to rebuilt an artificial version of Washingtonia Robusta- Robusta °2. This project is a brief design experiment about natural structures, complex geometries and growth. During the process we analysed the fiber system of the palm tree’s trunk and found complex weaving patters where each fiber has its specific function. Based on these perceptions we tried to establish similar rules of growth using a simple design machine. All objects created by the machine carry the same origin of information but have a different appearance. The final structure could be an installation for the Ciutadella Parque in Barcelona. All created objects are arranged to form an interactive space for leisure activities.