Crumpled Paper Architecture by Tim Fu

This could be Frank Gehry,  world-renowned architect, the one who designed The Dr Chau Chak Wing building, which houses a new business school in Sydney. A design called by many a true masterpiece and easily rivaling famous Opera House in its distinctiveness. However the renown architect actually once said he’ll never again design a building quite like the “crumpled paper bag”. Somebody else stepped in though, yet not quite in a way we would all suspect.

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Architecture is definitely one of the frontlines of the man vs machine battle, technologies of the future bite off bigger and bigger part of the cake from one day to another. Though AI may not be perceived there as a threat anymore, thanks to such, already ‘tangible’ benefits as increased efficiency, both time and cost-wise, improved 3D modelling, and a completely new user experience, the ‘smartphone’ moment for it may be the one happening right now! As we speak. By saying technologies of the ‘future’ we truly mean it, for what we have just learned and you will too, we are living the times where in order to get a building (roughly at least) designed all you need is a crumpled paper! Just joking, ofc. But, there is definitely something very serious in there, just take a look.

artist: Tim Fu / source: Instagram

Designer Tim Fu, of Zaha Hadid Architect, exploring frontiers of A.I., who is on the team responsible for the Crumpled Paper Architecture series said:

“this is NOT Midjourney / Stable Diffusion / Dalle, it is an all-new AI model specializing in architectural design. Public release announcing soon”

What the hell?! How? As explained by the designer himself, the AI here works by accepting a high-resolution image as a visual input and a description as a text input. When prompted with the names of prominent architectures, the AI can turn randomly folded pieces of paper into architectural details.

artist: Tim Fu / source: Instagram

Tim used something called high-GSM paper, which gives more detailed folds and placed it on his keyboard as a base, it acted as a neat perspective guide for the AI, helping it understand scale, height, perspective, and other important variables. Then he used text inputs as prompts, which helped the AI get inspired by certain architectural styles that the engine was trained with beforehand. Genius!

The Crumpled Paper Architecture series shows some very interesting results that may be possible if AI is used as a tool. Make sure to check out Tim’s website and his Instagram to follow the latest works of this incredibly talented designer.

artist: Tim Fu / source: Instagram

Twitter community has already pushed Tim’s incredible work and took it to another level. Roman Zubenko took Tim’s designs and pushed it through Arch E, a machine learning model trained on a dataset of thousands architectural images, which can generate images of buildings from text descriptions and can also render architectural sketches photorealistically. He came back with this:

artist: Roman Zubenko / source: Twitter