Design is
Location. Beijing, China
Date. 2013
Organisers. AA Visiting School Beijing
Tutors. Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Christoph Klemmt
Size. 200 cells

Project Description.

Frsh فرش (farš: “carpet, rug”)

Frsh is a pavilion built by the Architectural Association Beijing Visiting School 2013. Tutored by Rolando Rodriguez-Leal of Aidia Studio and Christoph Klemmt of Orproject, 10 students designed and manufactured the installation within the 9 day course which was held at Tsinghua University in Beijing.


The geometry of the surface was generated using digital, force-based analysis simulations, which resulted in compression and tension based morphologies. The surface itself becomes the structural system, which at the same time mediates the programmatic and spatial requirements of its surroundings. Each group of students designed large scale landscape and building proposals during the course of the workshop, and the installation was developed as a prototype for a possible construction system of the proposals.

Already the digital simulation used a tessellated geometry for its calculation, and this was further refined to create a paneling system for a simple manufacturing and assembly. Although the surface is double-curved in itself, each of its hexagonal components is perfectly flat and laser cut out of aluminium sheets. Openings of varying sizes allow for a differentiation of dark and light spaces. The integrated flanges could be folded by hand, stiffening the structure and forming the connecting points between components. The assembly itself took the group a mere 10 hours.

Like a magic carpet Frsh is hovering in space, creating volumes underneath it and a continuously floating landscape above.

Project Credits.

Architectural Association Visiting School at Tsinghua University

Christoph Klemmt, Orproject
Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Aidia Studio

Engineering Consultant:
Rob May, Buro Happold

Manufacturing Consultant:
Rajat Sodhi, Orproject

XingChen Dong, Weicheng Li, Junzhe Liu, ShihShih Shen, Wenyang Wang, Haoran Wen, Fan Wu, Xiaoxue Xiao, Shuya Xu, Sijia Yang, Huopu Zhang

Exhibition Team:
He You, Yang Shangzhi, Mao Tianyu , Liu Chunmao

February - September 2013

All photographs copyright by Aidia Studio / Orproject / Architectural Association.