modelling Fujisawa Municipal Gymnasium


As the design was developed years back in 1984 by Fumihiko Maki I had no troubles you usually have going through the whole process on your own. Therefor I had time enough to focus in detail and visualization.

webbing geometries





growing geometries


MSH-Förderpreis 2008



My project for the MSH-Förderpreis 2008 – unfortunately no price here.

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conctrete student trophy 2008



My project ‘Assuasive Transfer’ in this years concrete student trophy won the second price in visionary category.

design studies on mathematical surfaces


Study on Fibonacci-Sequence: Observing a snail-shell will show you the spiral following the fibonacci sequence. Not so interesting may be the rips connecting the spiral line to it’s closest opposite points. On the snail shell it looks more like a bad loft and it will pretty much look the same on your lofted geometry before fixing it.
Well in this study I ‘repaired’ the geometry to get some even lookin bearing structure. The organic structure that will connect the rips in the snails case is here replaced by some woven structure which is not so far an abstraction to the original.


Study on Klein Bottle: To enhance the impression of this non-orientable surface I added drop-like objects that seem to be drawn into the main surface only to be thrown out on the other side to run the circle again.  Adding objects that we may consider as a dynamic shape (like a drop falling [actually it’s only the moment the water gets loose but most of us will identify it by this form]) to an endless surface was my aim in this approach to create some sort of infinity.


Study on Plane: This picture shows a structure based on the point grid of the surface. By manipulating it the aperture size will change as well. The thickness of sticks is a further indicator for the length of them in this example. Staying in the plane in this case is for one reason the lack of technical skills on my side but also to show a net which has an equal grid in the beginning rather than varying aperture sizes resulting from different distances along the isocurves between the edges on an irregular surface.


Study on Catenoid: With the shape of a catenoid the orientation of the surface normals may be cloudy to some at first sight. Even looking closer may not solve that issue at once so it was worth an effort to try something clearly aligned on it. This flower like opening – closing strcture was fitting that idea quite well.


Study on Moebius Strip: Seeing two border lines when first experiencing the Moebius Strip is probably pretty common. To discover that it is only one line will be a fast advancement anyway when further observing it. After that it may not be so easy to imagine the two parallel border lines before creating it from a simple strip of paper or before cutting it crossways. Once you got that you will discover the mathematical definition bringing you back to the single line theses you had early thoughts about – while now you see that the real strip is created by two cycles.
The fact that thinking about the Moebius Strip for the first time will arouse the word line some times was decisive for me to combine it with a pattern running parallel to the borders at all times.


Study on Enneper Surface: When it comes to a non-developable surfaces it is often hard to find a fitting structure to realize it. The Enneper Surface, bent along each u and the v direction in every part of it is a good example for such a case. Nowadays architecture that raises similar problems is often transfered into a triangulated structure likely to this.

Maximilian Mayrhofer
Student at TU Vienna