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Deconstructing the Serpentine Pavilion (2016) from BIG


In this course we’ll take a look at the Serpentine Pavilion from BIG. We’ll use a variety of software like Rhino, Grasshopper, FLUX and Excel to deconstruct this project.

01Form finding using Grasshopper
02Using the Relative Item component to get the extrusion length information
03Creating the checkerboard pattern
04Rationalizing the brick lengths to a fixed set of lengths

In our first few lessons we’ll start with creating the form of the pavilion and figuring out the workings of the pattern and the stacking of the bricks. We’ll go over some methods to get the extrusion lengths for our bricks according to the curvature of the pavilion and we’ll figure out how we go from 1600 different types of bricks to only 8 standardized lengths. We’ll end the course by visualizing our pavilion with colors representing the different types of elements and we’ll use FLUX to export our data from Grasshopper to Excel for documentation and collaboration purposes.

05Organizing the connection information for exporting
06Visualizing the different types of bricks, their distribution and quantity
07Exporting the data to Excel using FLUX
08Exporting the data to Excel using FLUX

Throughout the course we’ll be keeping a close eye on the organisation and order of the bricks. The focus will lie on rationalizing and documenting the different geometrical elements and always keeping constructability in the back of our heads. We’ll use Grasshopper not just for visualization purposes, but we’ll go one step further and focus on the step towards building a project and the workflow and questions accompanying this.

This course will be available in the coming weeks

  • Andre


  • Matthieu Bouchaud

    Great guys ! Keep up the good work !

  • Jeng

    Thank you guys so much, nCan’t wait til it comes out.nnDon’t forget to notify the members as always :)nnTokyo, Japan