The XXL Workshop is an elective course held at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. It is concerned with the design, computation, engineering, and production of a horizontal large span building structure. This design process is done as a collaborative digital design in a multidisciplinary group of students in which each student has his/her own different responsibility. The collaborative digital design requires an integrated 3D approach based on BIM (Building Information Modeling) principles, performance analysis, and file to factory processes.

Coordination: Bige Tuncer / Michela Turrin. Instructors: Architectural Design: K. Oosterhuis; H.H. Bier; ir. Jelle Feringa. Structural Design: J. Paul; ir. A. Borgart. Cladding and Construction: ir. T. Klein. Digital and Computational Design: Arch. M. Turrin; ir. S. Mulders, ir. P. Nourian. Sustainable Design: A. van Timmeren; M. Tenpierik; Ing. A.K. Lassen; ir.G.Mangone. Adaptive Building Systems: P. Teuffel; Dipl.Ing. F. Heinzelmann. Invited Reviewers: B. Burgers (De Kuip), F. Werner (KCAP), S. Wilbrenninck (BAM), A. Habraken (Arup), B.Wubben (dS+V, Rotterdam).


Final Presentations

The final presentations will be held on this coming Friday the 1st of April, h.14.00-17.30 in protoSPACE, TUDelft Faculty of Architecture. We are very glad the presentations will be attended and discussed also by Frank Werner (Associate Architect at KCAP); Barbara van den Broek and Bart Wubben (respectively City Planner and Landscape Architect at the ds+V Municipality of Rotterdam); and possibly by Arjan Habraken (Associate at ARUP and Assistant Professor at Technical University Eindhoven), Bas Burgers (De Kuip, project manager of The New Kuip), Steven Wilbrenninck (Royal BAM Group - manager director of HBM Stadia). Further thanking them for the support given to the initiative, we wish to welcome also Professors Ulrich Knaak and Sevil Sariyildiz; Kees van Der Linden, Rudi Stouffs and others. Dr.Bige Tuncer will contribute from ETH Zurich. We will be happy to see there you too.


G5 - Presentation 18 March


G3 - Presentation 18 March

G2 - presentation 18 March

G1 - presentation 18 March

Blog's visits

Thanks for visiting the blog - only in these past few days we had 157 visits from United States; 68 from The Netherlands; 43 from Israel; 5 from Italy; 4 from Spain; 2 from Germany, Greece, Tunisia and Morocco; 1 from Indonesia and Blugaria - in addition to the previous ones which relevantly included Austria, Switzerland, UK, Brazil, Singapore and others. Please, feel welcome to share your comments and initiate discussion.

Reviews. "The Expert Formerly Known As The Architect" [Kas Oosterhuis]

Friday 18th March students’ works reviews. From all of us, thanks for their contributions and comments to Prof. Antonino Saggio and Prof. Kas Oosterhuis, who also proposed and promoted the initiative – to Prof. Patrick Teuffel, Prof. Ulrich Knaak, ir. Jelle Feringa, Dr. Rudi Stouffs, ir. Andre’ Chaszar and others for attending and contributing to the event. Among the many discussed points, the question on the role of the Architect in the current and future interdisciplinary team work emerged as key topic. Addressing the attention to all students for the great work they are doing: see following presentations.


First analysis setting by WAN [team 1]

Prof. Antonino Saggio meets XXL

In occasion of the book launch of Towards a New Kind of Building, A Designer’s Guide for Nonstandard Architecture by Kas Oosterhuis (Friday 18th March 15.00h Oostserre Faculty of Architecture Julianalaan 134, Delft), Prof. Antonino Saggio (University La Sapienza, Rome) will meet XXL (students' works review).
Friday the 18th March, morning - in ProtoSpace, Faculty of Architecture.


Week 4 - general tasks

Dear students,

During the first 3 weeks, the course encouraged each group to broadly explore various design directions. The presentations on the 17th of February aimed at selecting one clear design direction for each group. We hope the comments helped you in addressing one specific design direction, which should have few very well focused aspects. It is time now to focus on the selected aspects only, by narrowing down the design exploration and strongly reducing its complexity. Please, from now on, you should develop your design by focusing only on the key drivers of the design direction you have chosen.

Just to further remember it, the design drivers of your project are meant to address the 2 main design tasks: the 24/7 use of the stadium by means of adaptability (reconfigurability) and the sustainability (mainly passive and active use of renewable energies). Each of you within the team (4 disciplines) has to work to achieve the 2 tasks by further developing your design concept based on the few selected clear design drivers you have chosen.

To reach this goal, it is time now to start verifying the performances you are aiming at, by means of cycles of performance simulations - feededback to your design solutions, as a support of your decision making process. Particularly, here following some specific tasks you should aim at this week:

1) Simulation support and design development - with iterative design development using numeric simulation and development cycles
2) Reinforce the integrated multidisciplinary design
3) Make physical working models when they support your design process

At this phase, your own role within the team has to be even more specific than before - please, each of your should act as responsible of his/her field.
For the computational design experts, this week is a crucial step of the process. Please, based on the interdisciplinary discussion with your team, select/identify meaningful independent parameters of your geometry, and set the loops of the needed performance analysis over the parametric models.

Let me know if there are doubts,