Marc Burry, the Sagrada Familia and the SG11 Sound Responsive Wall

Marc Burry  is an Architect from New Zealand, currently Professor of Innovation and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at RMIT University (SIAL), Melbourne, Australia.

He is also Executive Architect and Researcher at the Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Catalonia,Spain.

His team’s digital explorations of Gaudi’s models which principles are described as “Associative Geometry”, have been a great inspiration. Here are some pages from my third year portfolio on the four Hyperbolic Paraboloids (hypar) which shape each columns of the “triforium gallery” at the Sagrada Familia:

Marc Burry’s cluster at the last Smart Geometry event in Copenhagen produced the great work below based on Gaudi’s technique linked to Grasshopper.


Above: Using sound waves as agent


Above: Using Gaudi’s Technique to build a cone !  


SG Crew:
Xavier De Kestelier, Jonathan Rabagliati, Josh Mason, Hugo Mulder, Shane M Burger, Hugh Whitehead

Adam Laskowitz, Ben Coorey, Eric Turkiemicz, Giovanni Betti, Kathy Yuen, Ralf Lindemann, Robin Bentley, Thomas Hay

Cluster Leaders:
Phil Ayres, Mark Burry, Jane Burry, Daniel Davis, John Klein, Alexander Peña de Leon, Brady Peters

Tobias Olesen

Mette Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Annica Ekdahl, Stig Nielsen, Shop Crew

Additional Support:
Chris Williams, Robert Woodbury, Peter Holmes, Brad Marmion,  Koi Khoo, RMIT & SIAL

Author: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, director of Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Arthur has been selected as one of the RIBAj's 2017 cohort of Rising Stars. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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