Zaha Hadid Architects on 3-D rapid prototyping

Thursday 15th May, 2014 | 8.15am-9.30am

Zaha Hadid Architects
10 Bowling Green Lane
London EC1R OBQ

Architects are not alone in getting very excited about 3-D printing. By owning their own 3-D printer, an architect can try out lots of different prototypes without having to outsource the work and wait for each new design to come back.

And as prices continue to fall, 3-D printers are within reach of many practices.

Two years ago, Zaha Hadid Architects set up its own 3-D printing workshop. It now has five 3-D printers,  producing around 40 models a month. Models are used for front end design studies and presentations, as well as detailed study models and facade mockups.

Michele Pasca di Magliano explains how the ability to create physical objects from computer models has changed the way the practice works, all aspects of the process, and some of the practical issues involved with managing a 3-D printing workshop.



Michele is an Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.

He studied architecture at the University of Naples and has a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

He has led various competition winning schemes including the design of two super tall towers and a cultural center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Chartres Expo Centre in France.

Currently, he is leading project teams for a number of schemes in East Asia and Oceania, including: the City of Dreams Hotel complex in Macau; the Pangu retail and residential development in Beijing; a Documentation Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the Cairo Expo City in Egypt.

He is project architect for the d’Leedon residential complex in Singapore.