"We complement our in-house BIM skills with parametric design tools to assist in the design process and development of complex form. Geometrical or environmental analysis allows us to explore traditional design factors such as environmental conditions in a much more detailed and informed way.
"Parametric design tools (scripts) can be understood as chain-linked geometric processes. For example when a single element such as a facade surface is altered, all associated elements including the glass panel break-up, degree of facets, panel sizes and curvatures will follow the rules of the script and rebuild themselves accordingly.
"The flexibility of the parametric script enables the team to test a large number of options but also to address any buildability and detail issues early in the process.
"The result of this option testing is an optimised facade break-up which is true to the design concept and offers a large degree of repetition.
"Our ongoing effort to harness the opportunities that arise through ever evolving design technology is motivated by the desire to create relevant progressive architecture and at the same time support our clients and the project delivery process."
Joachim Clauss is a Project Leader at Bates Smart who gained his 15 years experience in the building and architecture industry working in Australia, Germany and South Africa. He is currently working on the 466 Collins House and 450 St Kilda Rd projects. Working across a variety of large-scale projects, including residential, local and international sports and transport projects. Joachim has developed a special interest in the use of parametric design technology.