‘digital turn’ is an exhibition by the building centre in london which showcases the ideas and technologies that transform the way we imagine, design and build our cities. with the work of ZHCODE — zaha hadid architects’ computation and design research group — on display, the exhibition is now open to the public until 14 september 2018. visitors can discover how this research group is using computational programming to create experimental structures, modular housing concepts and robotically assembled prototypes. the exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of architectural design.

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
the foam grotto | all images by chris jackson



this physical and metaphorical platform at the building centre in london explores how research in digital technologies by ZHCODE is impacting the built environment. leaders in academia, research and practice working with zaha hadid architects take turns to exhibit experimental computational design. ZHCODE’s exhibition follows a previous show which featured the work of design computational lab. as part of the digital turn exhibition, ZHCODE explores ‘tectonism’ — the expression of structure and geometry through its fabrication and methods of making — and ‘semiotics’ — the application of the physical design and construction aspects of their work to the social context in which they will exist.

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
the foam grotto



ZHCODE was established by nils fischer, shajay bhooshan and patrik schumacher in 2007. the group forefronts architectural experimentation by putting into practice their knowledge and research in programming, geometry and mathematics.

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
the foam grotto

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
the foam grotto

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
thallus | sculpture showcasing robotic additive manufacture and robotic hot wire cutting technology

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
bent wood and robotically woven fiber prototype with ‘thallus’

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
detail of timber bending and robotic fiber winding

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
the exhibition features modular housing developed using algorithmic techniques to explore community development and densities

ZHCODE digital turn exhibition
concept models

  • Beautiful expansion of new forms to design with. Form always follows function tho, but if the function is to create new exciting forms then have fun with the joy of creation. In the 1940’s Henry Ford built a car using the hemp. It proved so strong and durable that it’s obvious that hemp would be a fantastically fluid/strong building material also to design our future with. No one ever gets tired of love. Love is recognizing need and filling it generously. So when we are creating our future and form meets function please think LOVE.

    Peter Kelley says:

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