Top two images-perspective renderings; Middle image-Site Plan; Bottom image-formal studies with grasshopper model. Rendering done by exporting Grasshopper file to sketchup, exporting images, and postediting with photoshop.
The Grasshopper skyscraper was developed for a competition that I participated in spanning the last couple of weeks. My partner and I were designing a high-rise that would sit near downtown Shanghai, China. An early concept was to create vertical gardens climbing the tower which would bring badly needed green space to a very dense city fabric. I began building a Grasshopper model that could do two things: generate random sloping surfaces and allow for a lot of parametric control. The final definition solved both issues pretty successfully. The vertical gardens were given rolling landscape by inserting a range of heights that could be altered to provide steep slopes, or very little sloping. Ultimately, we decided on less sloping to allow for more habitable space. Almost every aspect of the tower can be parametrically controlled such as floor heights, number of floors, floor slab thickness, degrees of rotation, location of towers, and footprint geometry. These all were crucial to the development of the towers as we began looking at program, as square footage. Also, the tower was to take on characteristics of surrounding context such as bridge piers and rotating highways adjacent to the site. The Grasshopper definition allowed us to apply these formal concepts to our final design with ease and adjustability.