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Seattle Opera: From Concept to Construction—a Case Study in Design Computation
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Sarah Kott
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Description

The new home for the Seattle Opera is set on a prominent civic corner just blocks away from the Space Needle, and was driven by a mission: to engage the community with the creativity and drama of making opera. The main concept for the building's façade to act as a theatrical "scrim" prompted the team to use a parameter-driven process. Learn how the team used design computation from concept to construction, using visual programming in Grasshopper software and Dynamo software, and implementing an interoperability workflow using flux to automate a series of Revit adaptive components. Computational iterations early on established a foundation for what would evolve into a powerful user-driven toolset, with parameters built in at multiple scales-from controlling the overall formal geometry, to instantiating different connection types at individual panels.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to implement parametric tools as an integral part of concept design
  • Learn how to automate the batch export of an iterative design study
  • Learn how to engage the client with dynamic, user-driven design options and real-time optimization metrics
  • Learn how to use interoperability across multiple platforms to produce a single, Revit-based design deliverable

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Sarah Kott is a computational designer interested in complex façade systems-- both in process-based parametric exploitation, and in the construction and/or workflow efficiencies to be gained. Encouraging material research as well as holistic systems integration within project teams, Sarah has lead the façade design for a number of architectural projects. Sarah joined the digital leadership team at NBBJ in 2015, and most recently worked on the Seattle Opera at the Center project, currently under construction. Prior to joining NBBJ, she lead the façade design for three international projects at Morphosis, scheduled to be completed next year. Sarah received her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and her Master's of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
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