Vorhammer Computational Design was founded in 2016 by Simon Vorhammer. As a collective, we operate across different scales and typologies at the interface between architecture, design, and digital fabrication.
Our motivation is to realize non-standard projects through the creative use of technology. The key to this lies in our proprietary algorithms, which we develop on a project-specific basis. Our goal is to combine technical complexity with aesthetic minimalism. The innovative approach of the projects makes it necessary to think beyond established standards. We can draw on an extensive international network of architects, programmers, artists, specialist planners, and manufacturing companies.
We help to build complex structures, freeform geometries, and with the automation of design and manufacturing processes through the use of parametric 3D planning.
We further focus on developing so-called “Formfelder” – form fields – algorithmically generated surfaces made of natural materials with acoustic function.
We consider ourselves as a trusted team of transdisciplinary experts – across companies and geographical boundaries. Our clients are also collaboration partners at eye-level. Our studio is located in the Old Wholesale Market in Munich – as a collective, we work decentralized and independent of location.
His interest in digital aesthetics led Simon to co-found Sian Design, a label for algorithmic jewelry, in 2018. Under the name beckh & vorhammer, Simon works in collaboration with Prof. Matthias Beckh on projects with combined requirements on structural and computational design. Since 2017 Simon has been developing Formfelder – algorithmically designed, CNC-milled surfaces.
Simon teaches and taught parametric design and digital fabrication as a guest lecturer, among others. at TU Munich, University of Sydney, FH Munich and FH Biberach. He lives and works in Munich.
In addition to his engagement with architectural projects, Romuald is particularly interested in the possibilities of parametric design and he is involved intensively with computer-aided methods and planning processes. He lives and works in Munich.
At Vorhammer Computational Design, Maren focuses primarily on communications, strategy, and the distribution of Formfeld surfaces. She operates remotely and lives at the Swiss border near Basel.
In addition, through his part-time work as a freelance web developer, he has many years of experience and in-depth knowledge in the field of programming. The contrast to Architecture strengthens his interest in digital-analog intersections – artistically and technologically. Against this background, he includes, among other things, algorithm-supported design methods, automated manufacturing processes and systemic project structures in his everyday work.
Together with VCD he developed the Grasshopper-based online configurator www.planplanen.de.