In the years that followed, the use of the latest techniques helped us go one step further. In preparation for a sports hall project, ZJA carried out extensive research into how parametric design could contribute to the design of patterns or structures in brickwork. We wrote specific software for the purpose, which interprets a grayscale image as an elevation map that it can then translate into a brick bond. The laser cutter cut a number of patterns out of MDF, as a test.
We tested our brick programme on other materials. Cutting corrugated cardboard turned out to produce very interesting results. But we wanted to go further: using Rhino and Grasshopper we designed 3D shapes and spatial designs, which we cut from corrugated cardboard. Depending on how the cardboard is placed in the laser cutter, the shapes and especially their surfaces vary greatly. Our brick patterns were scale models. These cardboard creations, however, are really used in a project.