Author Archives: 05 Alyssa Muench


In order to do this sweep, make two curvy parallel lines.  One is horizontal to the ground; the other is vertical.  Then, connect the ends of these curvy lines together by using striaght lines.  Next, click the “Sweep  2″ button.  The command bar will direct you to click the two lines you want the sweep to form between (the curvy lines), and then it will tell you to click the two boundary lines (the straight lines.  Finally, press enter and the sweep will show up.

In order to put these geometries also into grasshopper, you just need to create two line elements and two curve elements.  Set these lines and curves as the corresponding lines and curves in rhino.  Then, type “Sweep 2″ and connect as shown.

When I made my curve, though, I had a glitch.  I could not tag the line elements in Rhino.  Thus, I had to go back and erase the lines elements in Rhino and re-create the line tabs in Grasshopper.  Then, when I pressed “Set As”, I had to create new connector lines in Rhino.   Finally, I needed to right click in Grasshopper and “Bake” these lines to make them exist as real elements in Rhino.


These images are from the new American Society of Hematology headquarters in Washington D.C.  They show a fiberoptic chandelier made of recycled acrylic disks that runs vertically through this four-story building.

I would like to use this top image especially as inspiration for the Altermall Competition, for this photo gives a sense of fantasy or a sort of dreamlike quality that would hopefully attract visitors.  I would like to make the whole space surrounded or contained by this colorful draping of disks, and I would hope to utalize this sort of elongated perspective with the star-like lighting at the end to unify and uplift the space.  On the more practical side, the repetitive nature of the disks may lend itself to parametric design as I understand it.