Reconfigurable Domes Computational design of dry-fit blocks for modular vaulting

Selina Bitting, Shervin Azadi, Pirouz Nourian

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In contrast to the contemporary aesthetic account, Muqarnas are geometrically complex variations of Squinches used for structural integration of rectilinear geometries and curved geometries. Inspired by the historical functionality of Muqarnas, we present a generalized computational workflow for generating dry-fit stacking modules from two-dimensional patterns in order to construct a dome. Similar to Muqarnas these blocks are modular in nature, complex in geometry, and compression-only in their structural behavior. We demonstrate the design of such structures based on the exemplary Penrose pattern and showcase the variations & potentials of this method in comparison to conventional approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a New, ConfigurableArchitecture
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 39th eCAADe Conference
EditorsV. Stojakovic, B. Tepavcevic
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789491207228
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event39th eCAADe Conference 2021: Towards a new, configurable architecture - Rektoratbuilding, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 8 Sept 202110 Sept 2021
Conference number: 39

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
ISSN (Print)2684-1843


Conference39th eCAADe Conference 2021
CityNovi Sad
Internet address


  • Generative Design
  • Modular Design
  • Muqarnas
  • Penrose Tiling
  • Unreinforced Masonry Architecture
  • Workflow Design


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