White was commissioned as architects to deliver the design drawings for the façade of the Humanistiska Teatern auditorium at Uppsala University. Dsearch collaborated with artist Ann Lieslegaard, which resulted in a proposal for a perforated façade screen as a singular, but variable, architectural element.
To delve into parametric design in architecture, Dsearch focused on design computation in the exploration of a graphic expression for the façade of Humanistiska Teatern.
A design system was developed, automatically generating the punching pattern from the architects' sketch model.
Translating art into architecture
The role as artist consultant entailed a guarding of artistic intent in the translation from video stills to punched metal – making sure that the impression of the motif was not disrupted by technical or formal issues. It also entailed the responsibility to communicate and clarify the architectural conditions of the building to provide the artist with a relevant context.
The case of Humanistiska Teatern shows the potential for further exploration of this interface and the capacity of design computation to manage the complexities arising from integrating artistic and architectural intent with advanced building-scale fabrication.