Mamou-Mani Ltd specialises in digitally designed and fabricated architecture. The practice believes in innovation, craft and evolving architecture’s role in society by utilising new technologies. We are an award-winning and international RIBA chartered practice based in London, UK with a fabrication facility called FabPub and strong experience in digital technologies.
We use computational design tools to generate and evolve designs based on rules and parameters, similarly to natural processes. We believe in craft and link our digital files to our fabrication tools (laser-cutting, 3D Printing, CNC-milling) through custom software.
From design and fabrication all the way to assembly and construction as well as a digital online presence, we provide services for every step of a project. We like challenges, collaborative work and beautiful designs and are open to any ideas and opportunities.
We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a period where the physical world and the digital sphere are becoming blurred, through developments in everything from robotics to artificial intelligence. In this new era, parametric design and digital fabrication (3d printing, laser cutting..etc..) holds the potential to bridge the gap between traditional craft and mechanised production.
Previously, industry moved towards factory output and away from the designer or architect as creator. The digital design and fabrication process is far more holistic, putting them front and centre – from the initial idea to the finished work.
Throughout history, artists, designers and architects alike have sought to emulate the intricacy of nature’s architecture, from roses to spiderwebs. Both machinery and the human hand often falls short of its beautiful complexity. This futuristic tech could actually provide the level of detail craftsmen have been craving for centuries, bringing them closer to their creations in an unexpected way.
With dedicated research groups working towards biologically inspired construction, digital fabrication has already begun to look to nature for inspiration, from building materials that mimic bone to Project Silkworm – the open-source software developed by Arthur Mamou-Mani and Adam Holloway inspired by how the silkworm weaves its cocoon. Such inventions could clearly have dramatic effects in everything from biological science to architecture and design.
But aside from the sheer possibility of material innovation, the real thing that digital fabrication offers designers is freedom. Simply the ability to produce a model quickly and easily in your own studio could transform architecture and design. It puts the onus back on the designer as thinker and maker, harking back to the approach of Mid-Century Modernism, but without a hint of nostalgia. Instead it focuses on the movement’s core values: social and material innovation, and – above all – embracing the potential of technology.
Our digital fabrication lab – a Do-It-Yourself space with 3D Printing and Laser Cutting for all designers to book the machines and create their prototypes and designs.
Silkworm is a plugin that translates Grasshopper and Rhino geometry into GCode for 3d printing. Silkworm allows for the complete and intuitive manipulation of the printer GCode, enabling novel printed material properties to be specified by non-solid geometry and techniques of digital craft.