Algorithmic columns

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26 Responses to “Algorithmic columns”

  1. nemryn says:

    Guh. These things have the same queasily-organic feel as the Mandelbox.

  2. Mark Dow says:

    Athenian Greeks used continuous curves! That’s right, no two neighboring points had the same tangent. Try that on a 3D printer. Even Hansmeyer can’t handle an infinite polygon count.

  3. HeatherB says:

    Beautiful. I wonder if they make heuristic columns as well.

  4. dagfooyo says:

    These are beautiful. I only wish there was some way to translate them into stone so they’d have the endurance of normal columns. Future generations need to see these. Beats the hell out of Corinthian style.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Boy, Cthulhu’s gonna be pissed when he wakes up and realizes these are missing from R’lyeh.

  6. xzzy says:

    Those are absolutely creepy. I’d be afraid to touch them due to fears that things are living in the holes and are going to bite me.

    • marco antonio says:

      That’s what I love about them!

      If you ever take take hallucigenics chances are you’ll come across this exact type of architecture and its in habitants – which is the most exhilarating experience… unless you find it creepy, in which case you’ll have quite the harrowing experience. (Have you seen ‘Enter the void’?

      I love fractal-like architecture! :D

  7. Mista Spakuru says:

    Needless to say, dusting them is a bitch.

  8. marco antonio says:

    I can not find a reference anywhere to the fact that these are created on timber and cardboard, sorry.
    “A full-scale, 2.7-meter high variant of the columns is fabricated as a layered model using 1mm sheet.”

    “The initial prototype uses 1mm grey board. Tests using ABS, wood, as well as metal are under way.”

    So they’re using 1mm grey board sheets, and they’re testing other materials – which may prove to be viable or not.

    Hence, even though the headline sounds great, it’s not accurate.
    “Artist TRYING TO make incredibly elaborate columns out of cardboard and wood.”

    • usonia says:

      I’m confused – there’s a photograph here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663306/the-worlds-most-complex-architecture-cardboard-columns-with-16-million-facets#4
      So it is true that they’ve succeeded in making cardboard & wood prototypes. Each piece could be cut from steel or acrylic (though the bottom layers would probably shatter from compression), it would just be expensive.
      I have a laser engraver right next to me now, I want to try making these…

      • marco antonio says:

        There is no confusion. As I mentioned earlier: the current cut-outs are made of 1mm gray board (as shown on the photo), NOT cardboard.

        As it says on his website, ‘tests are underway’ for cardboard.

        Hence, headline should read “Computational architect Michael Hansmeyer makes incredibly elaborate columns out of 1MM GRAY SHEETS, HOPING TO DO SO ONE DAY WITH cardboard and wood”

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. I find it disturbing that these are discussed on several websites as real, yet no photograph exists of them in the real world just renders.

  9. jimkirk says:

    I’d like to see a column made out of a family of Julia sets.

  10. dtbrady77 says:

    Reminds me of the Jain temple at Ranakpur, India. 1400 unique pillars carved out of marble. Some shots I took:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16444612@N04/2837575189/

  11. Chrs says:

    Damn, this is absolutely fascinating. I do occasionally wish that I had much of a chance of getting moderately wealthy, just to be able to have things like these.

  12. JimEJim says:

    Considering where 3d printing is now and where it will be in a few years, I’m actually pretty excited to see what architecture will look like in the future. We got a little boring over the last 100 years since we’ve been targeting cookie-cutter homes that were easy to mass-produce, but 3d printing should make it cheaper to make more intricate designs.

    The tech already exists and just needs refinement:

    http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/217-3D-printing-buildings-interview-with-Enrico-Dini-of-D_Shape.html

    http://www.rockprinter.com

  13. blueelm says:

    These are really so beautiful. Amazingly so. I’d really like to see them made in a way that can last.

  14. Giant Robot Architect says:

    What the heck is a computational architect?

  15. Anonymous says:

    3D printers are great, but we’re really at the point where it is amazing they are doing it at all and are not anywhere close to monuments of precision.

    Considering what the artist is actually doing, a better comparison would be against a cnc cutter, which would probably give him a run for his money than 3D printing.

  16. empathy44 says:

    I wonder if these are any way castable? Such complex surfaces. I was thinking that somebody making a movie should call him.

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