Progressive patterns change visually in structure and/or openness. Strong progressive patterns change over a short distance, like within one 4’ by 8’ panel (as seen in the example of Apiary here). Symphonic progressive patterns change over a long distance, such as across 10 panels used as cladding on the side of a parking garage. These patterns allow our clients to customize their pattern easily and without the guidance of our team.
The pre-tested standard patterns that Parasoleil offers are the largest range of patterns across the pattern map, approved by the American Institute of Architects. They are designed to be versatile with a high level of both structural and design integrity. Likewise, any custom work the Parasoleil design team takes on is held to the same high standard of the Parasoleil performance spec. Noted are some examples of Parasoleil custom work.
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Pattern mapping is an exercise in establishing a baseline vernacular for architects, designers, artists, and building owners to discuss and compare patterns objectively in terms of how they will perform in a space. Created by our founder and artist Uriah Bueller, the map evaluates a pattern on two key elements: structure and nature. Not only are these two characteristics discernible to some degree in every pattern, providing a solid foundation for comparing and contrasting, but these two elements materially affect how a person recognizes and responds to a pattern and should be considered when selecting a pattern that will help to achieve the overall objectives of the design.
Crystalline patterns are more consistent with the existing architectural language. They tend to become part of the form. They can fight against good architecture or pull a dysfunctional form into a more appreciated and usable structure.
Organic patterns are more complex. Like a tree, they can stand alone as it's own form or complement the existing architecture without having to be expressed with the same language. These patterns are versatile, decorative, and often add an approachable element to an installation.
Modular patterns have a spectrum of repeated elements. This can range from an exact shape repeated many times to a block or grouped design that is repeated. The more repetitions, the more modular the pattern will be. Modular can also refer to a predictable size of shape (solid or open) in the pattern. Since Modular patterns are predictable, so are the considerations for safety and privacy.
Continuous patterns are very different from one end of the pattern to the other. They are unpredictable and hard to ignore. And because our eye will focus on continuous patterns longer, they should be considered for applications where hiding, camouflaging, or privacy is needed. Keep in mind that large installations of the same continuous pattern will become modular when seen as an entire array.