Solving acoustic and privacy problems in open-plan spaces is the subject of our research and the main pursuit of this thesis. This aim is being achieved through the study of proper small-scale architecture subdivisions/screen-walls, within the fields of pleating (origami) and parametric design.
Regarding the research process, thematic processing includes the theoretical overview of scientific objects (open plan spaces, interiorspace acoustics, pleating/origami, parametric design), finding relevant references to works (dividers, paneling, halls, installations), the analysis of the methodology for construction of structural models and evaluation of the above morphological patterns. In this way, an extensive study of the phenomena and forms that contribute to solve the critical issues mentioned above is being attained, as well as the development of a digital design tool for spatial subdivisions, evaluative documented and guided, using appropriate software (Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, etc.) .
With an evolutionary process that is constantly moving between physical and digital design, it becomes possible, the writing and realization of a modeling production tool, whose objects/outcomes, are being categorized and checked based on qualitative and quantitative criteria (acoustic performance, degree of privacy, spatial structure, aesthetic documentation, etc.) using the theoretical framework of knowledge derived from literature sources.
The ability to obtain complete design and construction of a screen-wall or a series of such small-scale structures, which will answer to the requirements of each space for sound insulation and spatial introversion, without depriving the designer’s synthetic capability and ability of critical thinking, is a desirable and prospective outcome of this thesis. In conclusion, deepening in the analysis of the research method conducted seeking for a pleated unit-profile, which works as a base for the subdivisions, as well as for a set of curves that act as morphogenetic parameters (power curves, elevation curves, top and back curves), can be a source of information and consultation for further study and creation of similar projects of equal or greater scale than those under consideration.