Design Studio MOLAB - Czech Technical University in Prague

Design Studio MOLAB - Czech Technical University in Prague

Tree House

design to production

Design Studio MOLAB

The informative meeting of the studio will

take place at FA CTU, room 605 on February

8th at 4 pm and on February 13th at 2 pm.



Tree House is an assignment for the observatory in Prokopské údolí. Philosophy

of the studio is “Design to Production”. Therefore the studio participants

will accomplish all the phases of the project from the concept

stage, through detail design up to fabrication of the physical model in

1:10 scale.

Student will be encouraged to use non-standard design and fabrication

techniques, such as parametric modelling or snap on elements that make

the assembly quicker. Furthermore we will expect students to use the

CNC milling machine to test their creative ideas on countless number

of models and prototypes. No previous knowledge of above mentioned

techniques is necessary.

Henri Achten graduated at the

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

in 1992 at the Faculty of Architecture

on the design of a museum

of history located in Venlo. At the

time, he was the first student to use

Virtual Reality for presentation of

a MSc. graduation project. He continued

with a PhD research project

under supervision of prof. Bax and

prof. Oxman, which was successfully

defended in 1997. He obtained

a post-doc position in the VR-DIS

research programme in the newly

formed Design Systems group. In

2000 he became assistant professor

in design theory and computer aided

architectural design in the same

group until 2010. Since 2005 Henri

Achten is assistant professor at the

Czech Technical University in Prague

at the Faculty of Architecture, where

he started a new CAAD group. In

2007 he obtained habilitation for the

title of docent (associate professor)

at CTU in Prague. Henri Achten has

written over 60 research papers and

books that have been published in

reviewed scientific journals and conference

proceedings. He has been in

numerous scientific and review committees

of various conferences. Since

1995 he is member of eCAADe – the

international association for education

and research in computer aided

architectural design in Europe. From

2001 to 2005 he was vice-president

and from 2005-2009 president of


Jiří Pavlíček is an architect with a

strong focus on sustainable building

through associative and simulation

computational techniques. He studied

in Prague (CZ), Delft (NL) and

at Berlage Institute in Rotterdam

(NL). He worked as a researcher with

design office MVRDV and with UN

Studio, both based in Rotterdam

(NL). Jirí learnt his practical experience

at design company Foster +

Partners in London (UK). Amongst

projects he worked on are a spa

complex in France, a light rail station

in London or a private house in Czech

Republic. Jirí’s work is influenced by

an intense ecological awareness. In

his projects, Jirí combines technology

and intelligent, associative or

parametric design models to always

achieve an optimal, streamlined

solution. Jiri is founding member of




a) Introduction into parametric modeling

b) Performance criteria as main factors for design decisions

c) Detailed solutions of fabrication


Design studio MOLAB - example

Sukkah (Spring 2011)

Parametric Shelters for jewish festival Sukkot

Suk-Kit, Adrien Gelin


Phase 1) Design Concept

- analysis

- problem definition

- concept creation

- design criteria: originality, functionality, aesthetics, environmental

friendliness, feasibility

Phase 2) Design evolution, simulation

- criteria for design evolution

- 3D CAD model

- manufacturing and testing of models of the construction’s components

- simulation of behavior

- assembly testing

- details

- construction documents

Phase 3) Prototype fabrication, presentation

- 2D drawings

- visualisation

- final presentation

- physical model

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