Using Sberbank Technopark as a case study we demonstrate our workflow of using digital design tools to analyse free-form architectural facades and determine appropriate fabrication processes for façade panels. This constantly evolving workflow allows us to achieve the architectural design intent whilst managing other constraints such as fabrication feasibility, thermal and visual performance requirements and cost. With a considerable array of glazing fabrication techniques available all with their individual constraints relating to coating compatibility, residual stresses, form and cost this task can be challenging and requires a good understanding of glass fabrication.

Digital design techniques demonstrated here include best-fit geometry fitting, interoperability with FEA packages, clustering of panels, and optimisation of NURBS surfaces.


Simon Pierce

With 15 years of professional experience in the built environment, Simon leads project teams within our structural and facade groups, where he undertakes the engineering of some of our most challenging buildings.

Simon is skilled in complex parametric modelling and analysis. Having worked previously for specialist facade contractors, Bellapart and structural engineering consultancy, Expedition Engineering; he has also collected a wide breadth of knowledge in materials and fabrication processes, notably in glass, metals, and composite-fibre plastics. 

Through his role as Associate Director, he plays an integral role of the running of the facade group with a particular focus on developing improved working practices and systems.

Sam Gregson

Sam has 5 years of experience working with complex geometry and specialist materials within Eckersley O’Callaghan’s Glass and Special Structures Group. In particular he has worked with acrylic and glass structures including large span grid-shell structures on cruise ships, structural glass staircases and retail structures and acrylic swimming pools.

Playing a central role within the firm’s Digital Design Group he is also engaged in developing digital design through R&D and growing adoption of digital tools and skills across the company.