Shape and Topology Optimization in Architecture

Shape and Topology Optimization can provide great help in Architectural design, both helping architects to find novel shapes, as well as in order to provide a common dialogue basis between engineers and architects.

Revealing the flow of forces inside a structure enhances great aesthetic qualities. Famous architects, such as Gaudi and Otto have used mechanics-derived forms in their works.

Here are some of the results obtained during a student project (PSC MEC07) at Ecole Polytechnique, under the guidance of Dr. Alessandro Beghini (SOM Skidmore Owings and Merrill). Compliance minimization under volume constraint.

Compliance minimization under volume constraint.

Compliance minimization under volume constraint.

Compliance minimization under volume constraint.

Compliance minimization under volume constraint.